Why BYOD works at Cisco


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.




  1. BYOD will continue growing as mobile devices continue to play a greater role in our lives. That’s why so many IT players are offering solutions to address such BYOD challenges as security and device management.

    Does BYOD come with headaches? Of course it does. However, security issues and IT management headaches (how do I support all those devices?) can be addressed by using new HTML5 technologies that enable users to connect to applications and systems without requiring IT staff to install anything on user devices. For example, Ericom AccessNow is an HTML5 RDP client that enables remote users to securely connect from iPads, iPhones and Android devices to any RDP host, including Terminal Server and VDI virtual desktops, and run their applications and desktops in a browser. This enhances security by keeping applications and data separate from personal devices.

    Since AccessNow doesn’t require any software installation on the end user device – just an HTML5 browser, network connection, URL address and login details – IT staff end up with less support hassles. The volunteer or temporary employee that brings in their own device merely opens their HTML5-compatible browser and connects to the URL given them by the IT admin.

    Visit http://www.ericom.com/BYOD_Workplace.asp?URL_ID=708 for more info.

    Please note that I work for Ericom


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