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SXSW Interactive 2014

BYOD Pros & Cons: Keeping Mobile Business Secure

Gartner recently predicted that by 2017, half of all employers will require workers to participate in a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) program. In this session, attendees will debate the pros and cons of BYOD vs. a formal phone program vs. a corporately-owned, personally-enabled (COPE) program. While security remains a top concern, some argue that BYOD programs allow for more creativity and cost savings. COPE is said to preserve the productivity benefits of BYOD, while reducing security risk but a formal phone program still offers the most security. Attendees will debate the risks, efficiency, security and cost savings to offer business owners the information needed to make educated decisions about their mobile phone strategy.

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  1. How can I affect change to ensure I still have access to my personal mobile preferences while meeting company concerns?
  2. I like my always connected lifestyle – work and pleasure – how do I avoid having to lug more than one mobile device?
  3. We hear about data leaks all the time; I don’t want to be responsible for something like that. What can my organization/I do to prevent them?
  4. What sorts of policies and rules should a company put in place when allowing personal devices into the workplace? What repercussions should be in place for sidestepping policies?
  5. What about the applications and programs employees use on BYOD devices? Is Bring Your Own Apps (BYOA) a separate security concern?


  • Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, Global Security Group, BlackBerry
  • Sheila Jordan, Senior Vice President, Communication and Collaboration IT, Cisco Systems


Jessica Troskosky, Account Director, Text 100

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  • Tags: mobile
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Core Conversation
  • Track: WTF and Beyond
  • Track 2
  • Level: Advanced
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