BYOD. CYOD. Either Way, Time to Secure Your IT

BYODDoes your office have BYOD (“bring your own device”) policy?

Or do you prefer to have your workers CYOD (“choose your own device”)?

The two sound the same, but there’s a fairly crucial difference. BYOD means a company allows workers to use technology – tablets, smartphones, or laptops – they brought from home. It can save an organization on hardware costs, and makes employees feel more comfortable. The downside, as Forbes noted last year, is that a BYOD fleet is much harder to secure.

In a CYOD office, workers need to pick from a list of preapproved devices, which makes them easier to secure. In either case, the security of your company’s data is key.

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Where Are Your IT Assets Ending Up?

ewaste2A recent report by the European Union found that only about a third of Europe’s e-waste is being disposed of properly.

“The rest wound up in landfills and black market sales and exports, which can lead to economic, environmental and health problems,” Newsweek said. “Proper disposal methods for e-waste exist, but many European consumers and companies don’t use them.”

This isn’t just Europe’s problem. A study by the United Nations released earlier this year found that the United States had the dubious honor of being the world’s biggest e-waste dumpers, discarding 7.1 million tons of e-waste.

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