As an interim or part-time CIO, there are many issues that can arise in any given day when you’re working with multiple clients. But one issue that is becoming more commonplace is the issue of security when businesses allow the use of personal mobile devices in the workplace (bring your own device).
As an interim CIO, diplomacy and compromise are now common themes in a day-to-day IT strategic plan. In order for part-time CIO’s to stay relevant and survive in this fast changing marketplace, IT professionals need to embrace innovation and use an approach that centre’s around the end user to ensure seamless technology rollouts.
The New Battlefield – What It Looks Like
In today’s fast paced world, where business and personal life collide, executives and employees alike expect immediate access to their emails and data from their own devices. This challenges IT professionals to look at different ways to maintain data protection and security by developing flexible infrastructure and policies.
In order for part-time CIO’s to remain relevant, they need to be abreast of this change and customise the experience to meet the needs of each business unit.
Interim CIO’s that can demonstrate innovative ideas, adopt new technologies and embrace the BYOD revolution will see themselves in high demand.
Security Issues To Consider
As a part-time CIO, you will need to keep in mind the following security issues when dealing with BYO devices, particularly when it comes to high-level access:
- Different devices require different security tweaks – treat each device as a new piece of technology – there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to multiple devices and platforms.
- What do employees require access to? Creating policies around BYOD will provide some guidelines in this regard. Some employees may only need access to emails, while others will require access to the server remotely and in turn the data held on those servers.
- Third-party apps – think about the apps already installed on each device – do you want to restrict the use of some (and can you actually do this on a personal device?) apps or utilise apps that block other apps when company data is being accessed.
Before you go down the path of allowing BYOD in the workplace, there are also a few things to consider, such as creating your own app to manage access to company data.
If you decide to go down this path, it pays to do your own due diligence and consider the types of devices and platforms that will be used to access company data.
No consideration of this could lead to some employees not being able to access corporate systems. This leads to very disgruntled employees and a level of service that is sub-par in terms of being a successful interim or part-time CIO.
BYOD is becoming more and more popular – before a company springs this on your CIO services contract, broach the subject with them and create policies that provide a user-centred approach. You’ll ensure that you stay ahead of the curve and remain relevant to your client.