The consumerisation of IT relies on empowerment and flexibility

How does the organisation cope with the influx of consumer IT? Turning a blind eye – which sometimes feels like the approach closely to associated to many organisations – is simply not an answer.

Neither, on the other hand, is locking down all access. Your workers now have access to better technology at home than in the workplace and they will expect to be able to use such IT to undertake work tasks.

CIOs looking to create a strategy for consumerisation need to help the business find a comfortable middle ground between openness and easy access – and finding such a comfortable position is not in any way straightforward. Take research from IT specialist Websense and security organisation Ponemon Institute, which identified a series of hidden mobile risks. The survey of more than 4,600 IT and IT security practitioners found that:

  • Through 2011, more than half of the organisation’s surveyed experienced data loss resulting from employees’ use of insecure mobile devices
  • As much as 59% of organisations had an increase in viruses or malware infections because of mobile devices
  • Only 39% of employers had controls in place to mitigate risk on mobile devices

The conclusion seems to be that the move towards consumerisation is outpacing the development of enterprise security and policy. Smart CIOs must take steps now, empowering their staff to create a policy that is right for the business and flexible enough to allow smarter and more productive means of working.

But are CIOs empowering their IT teams to create such policies? Is the management of consumerisation the CIO’s tasks or should the social agenda also be managed by other senior executives?

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