BYOD has been top of mind for many IT companies, but security issues present a different set of problems for the public sector. In government and education spaces, where information is much more sensitive, what future growth can be expected in the mobility space?
“It really is an issue of what a CIO in a particular agency is willing to accept in terms of degree of risk,” said Carmine Taglialatela, vice president at Tecport Solutions. “I think we have a younger generation coming into the public sector as well as the private sector so it’s going to keep their handy little devices, whether it be an iPad or an iPhone, away.”
Other solution providers say the major trend in BYOD is actually BYOA – bring your own applications, and the security around working within those apps.
“You’re going to hear a lot more about bring your own applications as opposed to bring your own device,” said Sean Burke, president at California Green Information Technology.
“It’s about securing those applications and it’s about managing those applications,” said George Pashardis of ePlus Technology, who works in the education space. “We also can help our customers with what’s it going to cost to manage those applications.”
But ultimately, in the public sector, it all comes down to security.
“What will hold it back will be security issues and privacy issues,” said Gary Ibach, director at TurningPoint.
PUBLISHED JUNE 2, 2014