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Are federal agency workers going rogue with personal devices?

Ellen Messmer | Jan. 23, 2013
Federal agencies continue to struggle with the question of whether to allow employees to use their personal smartphones and tablets at work under so-called bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, according to a survey out this month from the organization Telework Exchange.

Security improvements for laptops in telework began to happen in earnest after a contractor at the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2006 had a laptop stolen from his home that had held sensitive unencrypted data concerning millions of U.S. veterans, a security incident that generated front-page headlines and a multimillion-dollar lawsuit.

Auten adds that she hopes it won't take a huge data-breach incident like the one related to the VA laptop to speed adoption of policies and technology appropriate for BYOD is federal agencies.


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