Jeff Jones (aka @securityjones) is a 25-year security industry professional that has spent the last decade at Microsoft helping drive security progress as part of the Trustworthy Computing initiative. Among other activities, Jeff contributes research and analysis to the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report.
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The era of IT departments mandating specific hardware, operating systems, or technologies has been experiencing a serious erosion. In its place a new culture is growing where employees are granted more autonomy—and given more responsibility—for their own technology.
An acronym has emerged in recent years as one of the hottest buzzwords in technology: BYOD, or “bring your own device”. This series takes a deeper look at BYOD, what it is, and the forces that are driving it.
In a nutshell, BYOD is the idea of allowing employees to use their own laptops, smartphones, tablets, or other devices in a work environment. Instead of the IT department mandating specific hardware or technologies, users are free to use the platforms and gadgets they prefer.
My group reached our 10 year milestone in January for Trustworthy Computing (TwC) in January of 2012 and our Corporate Vice President Scott Charney delivered a keynote on how computing and society has changed over the past 10 years and also announced the new Trustworthy Computing Next white paper.
As part of the preparation leading up to these activities, Bruce Cowper and I decided to kick off a research project to examine the trends and people’s attitudes and opinions about them with the goal of getting some insight into the many factors that influence trust in computing. We initially targeted about 25 questions to ask consumers and IT professionals across several different countries, but it was just too interesting and we went a little beyond that. Here are research posts that relate to BYOD that might be interesting to you.