Corporate bring-your-own device approvals are sprouting like weeds today, but it wasn’t that long ago the idea of the employer letting staff connect almost any wireless device to the network was considered security suicide.

In this video interview, Sheila Jordan, Cisco Systems Inc.’s senior vice-president of communications and collaboration, talks to IT World Canada CIO Jim Love about how its BYOD strategy started off as a cost-cutting exercise that turned into one of the best ideas.

“At first this was not well received,” Jordan admits, because it was a perk for the company to buy a handset for staff. But today Cisco counts 60,000 personally-owned cellphones and 15,000 Apple iPads on its network.