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The consumerization of IT in government is a promising concept, but making it a reality is easier said than done. The federal government needs a standardized approach to adopting consumer technologies while addressing top priorities like security, privacy and data governance.
Increasing momentum for Consumerization of IT in government means the majority of federal employees will soon want to use mobile devices to do their work and be more connected to their organizations. Federal IT managers are trying to find the balance between the traditional model of tightly controlled PC images that are easy to manage and the model of enabling access from several types of mobile devices including employee-owned devices.
Consumerization of IT (CoIT) is slowly but surely proliferating in government, bringing newfound innovations with it. With bills like the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, the CoIT trend has been a long time coming for government. Lesson number one for agencies is to acknowledge the current state of consumerization in government so that they can ready themselves with the security precautions needed to embrace the trend with open arms. How is consumerization impacting your agency today?