Enterprises that have bitten the bullet and allow employee smart device access to corporate systems in any meaningful way are keeping a low profile. Not so the IT department at Thames River Capital, which has enabled employee smart device access for that most sensitive of sectors – finance.
The boutique investment firm had written off using iPhone and HTC for business, let alone the likes of the iPad, because they seemed a nightmare to secure and the loss of client data was just too big a risk… until the CEO got his own iPad and immediately demanded everyone should have one.
Robert Cockerill, IT manager, implemented a device strategy based on MobileIron, a product that monitors usage and enforces security policies, enabling employees to bring their own iPad or smartphone to work and use it securely for personal and professional purposes.
Thames River Capital implemented the technology and hasn’t looked back. “If there’s one thing we’ve learned during this process, it’s that one should only embrace employee-owned devices if one also has foolproof tools for their management”, says Cockerill.