The Dark Side of BYOD

The BYOD trend offers pluses for both employers and employees, but sometimes there’s a hitch. Under certain circumstances, the owner of a device suddenly might lose all of the data stored on it. Clients of Fiberlink remotely wiped 81,000 mobile devices between January and June. About 30,000 were cleaned of everything — including personal data such as contact lists, and even photos of deceased relatives and pets. The devices “were a mix of BYOD and corporate-issued devices globally,” said Jonathan Dale, director of marketing at Fiberlink.

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