With the ever-increasing threat of cyber attacks, the federal government is still struggling when it comes to implementing BYOD initiatives. As more and more federal employees wish to use their digital devices at work, pressure is quickly mounting to come up with a feasible and secure solution. Below is an excerpt from a piece by Faisal Iqbal that he wrote for The Citrix Blog on this pressing issue.
We all know that the topic of Bring-Your-Own-Device always prompts a riveting discussion amongst government agencies. Dept of Defense agencies are especially averse due to the underlying security concerns of exposing non-GFE personal devices to a secure defense network. It was no different at the Mobility Work Exchange townhall meeting just a few short weeks ago where I had the dubious honor of moderating the “BYOD in Action” session, featuring the CTO of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) — Mr. Joshua Lashbrook.
We kicked off the discussion with the mention of the Federal CIO Council’s BYOD Toolkit released last year. In it, there were three key solutions for BYOD that were recommended as part of the guidance (I spoke about these already in my earlier blog here). For our discussion at the MWE session, we focused primarily on Virtualization as it has a long proven history within Federal agencies and met Defense agency specific security needs eliminating data-at-rest concerns on endpoints.
You can read the entire article here.