Allowing for the use of personal "smartphones" at work may help state CIOs control costs, according to a report from the Lexington, Ky.-based National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). NASCIO's "Security at the Edge â€” Protecting Mobile Computing Devices Part II: Policies on the Use of Smartphones in State Government" focuses on the use of smartphones and includes a survey of state policies and security measures for allowing or disallowing personally owned smartphones to be connected to government networks.
"The classic dilemma that officials are faced with is balancing risks and rewards when considering enterprise policies for the use of personally owned smartphones," said NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson. "With the caveat that the proper security measures are in place for state networks and services, the trend towards allowing personal smartphones for state business use is an opportunity for states to increase productivity, user convenience and lower acquisition costs."
â€¨The report says CIOs can build upon other states' experiences and establish enterprise policies and practices that protect networks, applications, data and devices from security incidents. Download "Security at the Edge â€”Protecting Mobile Computing Devices Part II: Policies on the Use of Smartphones in State Government."