The US government has released a set of guidelines for government and enterprise organisations looking to adopt bring your own device (BYOD) consumerisation programmes.
The report, issued by the Federal CIO Council, explains how executives and administrators should plan and execute strategies for allowing users to introduce their personal devices into the IT environment.
"The growing trend of BYOD demonstrates that we as IT leaders have changed how we adopt technology," the council said in its report.
"Gone are the days of long projects that address every demand . We must now integrate new technologies in a rapid, iterative, agile, interoperable, and secure method to meet changing market and customer needs."
The report outlined a number of case studies and test programmes implemented by both state and federal agencies, including the US Department of Treasury and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The Council warned that while companies should allow users greater mobility and remote access to data, security should remain a top concern.
The report outlines a number of protections administrators can place on devices, including policy enforcement to separate enterprise and personal data and the use of virtualised desktops and workspaces which do not require sensitive information to be stored on the user device itself.
"Implementation of a BYOD program presents agencies with a myriad of security, policy, techni- cal, and legal challenges not only to internal communications, but also to relationships and trust with business and government partners," the commission said.
"The magnitude of the issues is a function of both the sensitivity of the underlying data and the amount of processing and data storage allowed on the personal device based on the technical approach adopted."
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