Today, technology and outdated understanding about security, hinders both efficiency and the security. These are new restrictions, that didn't exist before the technology was introduced.
What if people were to buy their own gear, and have the responsibility of its security (system ownership). If technology is used in work, knowledge about it should also be a requirement during the employment process. Most of the people I know, are both interested and reflected about these things when they get the opportunity to have the insight and take the responsibility.
I believe IT staff have gotten to dictate technology choices for security reasons, when the real reason is that less equipment variety means less overhead to them. That translates to less creativity, personal freedom and passifying the individual. Interestingly most modern companies relies on what technology is a basis for: the knowledge worker.
After all, your equipment is something else today than it was 10 years ago. It is an extended part of your person. It is your hammer, so to speak.
"BYOD" as a technology concept has been practiced for many years already, but this concept also evolves around not locking everything into containers. Rather, the next "BYOD" iteration should evolve around culture (people and processes).
In this case, security staff would serve as advisors and enablers, not enforcers. Going on a trip abroad? This is the situation, this is how we recommend you go about it. After all, most companies and individuals have common interests. But, when it comes to technology most are left starved for insight and impact on technology.
As for the current situation, I do not really see the difference between the conventional model where you are provisioned everything and where the company restricts your movement, and the more recent one where most people gets an iPhone anyways.
Regarding infrastructure. Technologically this also means that organisations needs to start moving towards a post-perimeter world, not just talk about it.
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