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Sam Lamonica, the anti-BYOD CIO

BYOD   2020-06-19 01:29:49

A lack of confidence in its employees Sam Lamonica is the vice-president and above all director of information systems (DSI) of Rosendin Electric. And it"s not just anyone. He previously worked for Phoenix Technologies or Macromedia. Two years ago, he was even a finalist for the best CIO according to the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal. His voice therefore counts in the middle. advertising The site CIO .com , specializing in everything related to information systems and therefore their directors, questioned him recently. Why ? Quite simply to understand the reasons for his hatred towards BYOD. It must be sa id that Lamonica does not go there by four ways by declaring that there will be " probably never a BYOD environment here , in his company. Why , when many employees regularly ask why they can"t bring their own phones to work? Sam Lamonica is no secret, the problem with BYOD is that you have to have some trust in the employees, especially in terms of security. " We have a user base that may not, in many cases, make the right choices " summarized Lamonica. A statement that should be appreciated by its employees ... And safetyThis is not the only problem avoided. For Lamonica, this also removes another thorn in the side: the question of privacy. Who says BYOD says personal device, and who says personal device says personal data. The risks of breaches of privacy are therefore multiplied. With the devices directly supplied by the company, the question of privacy no longer arises: everything that the employee does with the company"s products belongs to the latter, period. To master the chain from start to finish, the company therefore decided to do without BYOD, purely and simply. As a result, since BYOD is banned from Rosendin Electric, the company itself purchases hundreds of smartphones, more than 400 iPads and even a few Microsoft touchscreen tablets. Some freedoms despite everything , not without ulterior motives Sam Lamonica is not however closed to everything. Even if he refuses BYOD at the moment,however, it allows employees to use their devices for certain personal needs. They can, for example, store private photos, photos that are well separated from other professional data. However, employees know, the company can take a look at it if they wish. Note that it is also allowed to operate an iTunes account and the company even buys them an iTunes card worth 50 dollars. Even better, a personal Dropbox account is also allowed. What to multiply security risks? In order to reduce them, all of the company"s data is encrypted before any transfer. This way of integrating professional "personnel into devices" has a goal close to that of BYOD: the employee take more care of the device if it belongs to it. In this case, it does not belong to him here, but some data does. The positive consequences for the device are thus similar, for the happiness of the CIO. Finally, according to Lamonica, a large number of his colleagues who turned to BYOD wished to obtain the best of all worlds, not by adopting the Rosendin Electric method, but by turning to CYOD. We have it, it’s the “Choose Your Own Device", or the employee’s choice of devices from a list well predefined by the company. This allows not only to limit the employee to a single choice, while allowing the company to have some control and not to end up with as many devices as there are of employees.