It’s ‘Bring Your Own Device’ on Aisle 7; Just Don’t Forget to Bring Your Own Security

In retail, shift work and shared titles (such as “manager”) are as popular as end-caps. These days, it’s just as common for managers in a retail operation to have in hand a smartphone and a personal tablet. Great for on-the-fly communication. Not always so great for protecting a retailer’s critical data assets. According to the conventional wisdom, “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) – a business trend on a fast trajectory – might be better labeled “Bring Your Own Security Breach.” As the use of personal tablets and smartphones in business increases, organizations are seeking to strike the proper balance between employee freedom of choice and the need to protect data.

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