I recently spoke on the topic of the Consumerization of IT and Security at the Texas Association of Governmental Information Technology Managers (TAGITM) event in San Antonio, Texas. This event is made up of executives in IT and security throughout the public sector. My presentation was titled: But I Love My iPad.
The primary focus of my presentation was maintaining security while embracing the Consumerization of IT and all that comes with it. In terms of solutions, it’s always important to understand that at one time the telephone, computer, and later the Internet were all seen as a disruptive technology. Similarly, just saying “no” will never scale as users demand that the capabilities they have at work be at least in par with what they are using for their personal lives.
The attendance was great, and the room was well over capacity with people lining up in the back and sitting on the floor. It kind of felt like a Grateful Dead concert – but I digress. With such a beyond-capacity attendance I spent about thirty minutes following my presentation talking one-on-one with the attendees. One thing became very clear – every organization is struggling with security for application-ready, cloud-ready and social media-ready mobile devices of all brands and versions. This is truly a global topic, and fortunately, there are many solutions. The products that continually cropped up in conversation were:
The Bottom Line: Embracing the Consumerization of IT doesn’t mean giving up on security.