Global CIO: Proper Policy Is First Step To Mobile Security




If anyone knows what it’s like to manage a bring your own device (BYOD) platform on a global scale, it’s Ryan Fay.

The Global CIO for California-based ACI Specialty Benefits has more than 50,000 workers internationally on the same enterprise network, not only creating the need for a BYOD platform, but keeping it secure and locally managed.

Fay is one of several speakers taking the stage at the Enterprise Mobility Exchange: Security West event on April 24 and 25 in Phoenix, Arizona. His session, appropriately titled “From End to End: Securing Your Entire Mobile World” will cover several key points enterprises should consider and implement when deploying a BYOD platform company-wide.

“One of the most important developments has been the emergence of mobile devices and cloud computing, which together allow workers to operate remotely, bouncing in and out of the office with regularity, and oftentimes working from home (or location of their choice),” Fay said. “Tablets and smartphones are more common and more convenient than laptops and desktops, so for many businesses, a BYOD policy makes sense; under this arrangement, workers may provide their own devices, and use them for both personal and professional purposes. This frees up capital for the business to focus on more business crucial budgets and OpEx cost.”

Fay’s presentation will explain to the captive audience the importance of formalizing a specific strategy and policy around BYOD. From there, security becomes paramount, Fay says, and making it as uniform as possible will help create consistency for the IT department.

The policy continues beyond authentication and goes as far as allowing or banning specific apps for workers and how to set up an employee exit strategy, which could be the most important part of the entire process, Fay said.

The Enterprise Mobility Exchange: Security West will have dozens of c-level executives from various industries such as government, manufacturing, and financial services.

The two-day event is jam-packed with speakers and info sessions, including keynote addresses, think tanks, and round tables, along with one-to-one networking opportunities. “The presentations were the right blend of technical deep dives, high level case studies and inspirational/frightening overviews,” said one previous attendee. “Add to that the panels and the roundtable discussions, (and) the two days flew by so fast. It was the most informative, yet exhausting conference I’ve attended.”

To learn more about the event, visit the website by clicking here. To see previous coverage of speakers who will be in attendance, go here