BYOD currently presents many more challenges than benefits and will not be a viable IT mobility model for DoD in the near future. Fundamentally, BYOD provides the same mobile services as government furnished equipment (GFE). There are, however, significant legal, privacy and security challenges that must first be resolved such as multivendor support, supply chain management, cost sharing, reimbursement models, data ownership, device forensic processes and security controls. For now, BYOD remains a long-term possibility for Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the DoD. As vendors develop secure solutions, DoD will take advantage of the personal productivity gains offered by BYOD to its enterprise, but only when strict information security controls are present at all layers of the mobile device and enterprise infrastructure.
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