That was then. Students now have input in forming these policies, so the specifics get socialized among the user community before a policy debuts. This way there are no surprises. "A policy that is a surprise won ´t get followed", says Dominick.
Balance policy strictness
Given the confidentiality restrictions around patients medical data at the John C. Lincoln Health Network, Israel employs a high level of strictness in his usage policies for consumer IT.
At Kennametal, a $ 2 billion industrial manufacturer, there ´s more leeway. IT works closely with end-users to find suitable workarounds to its strict policies, says Raj Datt, VP and CIO of Global Information Technology. An example is a request for YouTube functionality by the sales staff. "Our sales team came to us asking for functionality so they could show potential clients current pricing and inventory-products from a video perspective. We responded by enabling BlackberryBlackberry access to our ERPERP for realtime customer data", says Datt. Working with users to create a viable alternative has helped change their view of Kennametal IT from that of a cost center to a value-driven organization. "If we don ´t give them an alternative, then they would just bypass IT", Datt says. Alles zu Blackberry auf CIO.de Alles zu ERP auf CIO.de
Technology tools are a good way to enforce consumer IT procedures and take control of your security land-scape. Israel uses automation tools from Lumension (to prevent users from connecting an iPod to the system before prior authorization) and Pointesec (to force encryption for all removable media). "I have a love-hate relationship with thumb drives. We are moving to mandatory encryption where the saved data is encrypted and the thumb drive itself is encrypted with biometrics", says Israel.
Once a mobile device is configured to access the ERP system at Kennametal, an automatic security solution is deployed that includes password-protection and the ability for Datt ´s team to remotely lock or wipe the data if a device is lost. Datt also has policies around device procurement and only supports certain features of some devices. For example, although there is a GPS capability in the 900 Blackberrys deployed throughout Kennametal, it is not activated for use at the server level at this time.