Why COPE is the New BYOD

COPE may be replacing BYOD as company security measures tighten. The BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, allows employees to use their personal smartphones for business. However COPE, or Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled, devices are soon to replace BYOD. The switch from BYOD to COPE could be costly for companies. But this cost may be much less than a cyber security breach many companies now face in the digital era. Forbes noted that in 2013, hackers siphoned $300 million from a hundred banks in over 30 countries. The added security companies will have over the devices using COPE may certainly be worth it in the long run. Employees are becoming

New Overtime Rules Could Have Big Implications for BYOD

In just a few weeks, the U.S. Department of Labor is introducing new overtime regulations that will affect at least 4 million employees. Most people who earn a salary between $23,660 and $47,476 who are currently ineligible for overtime because their income is considered too high will now be eligible for it. They will become "nonexempt"—and the implications go way beyond payroll. One of the unanticipated consequences of the DOL's new regulation is that anyone who is used to taking their work home with them (e.g., answering emails at home after work from their phone or laptop) will

The CIO’s BYOD Toolbox: Top Trends for HIPAA Compliant mHealth

Today nearly 1 million physicians in the U.S. practice in multiple locations, including offices, hospitals, and clinics. A recent Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) survey revealed that 83% of physicians said they use mobile technology to facilitate patient care. Additional recent surveys disclosed that: 79% use smartphones for professional purposes 60% of patients have either started paying for video consultation or plan to in the next few years 41% prescribe medications via mobile devices Mobile healthcare, or mHealth, is creating new demands on healthcare IT professionals for supporting BYOD best practices and mHealth security, reliability and efficiency. IT departments are investing in

What “Emailgate” Tells Us About the Changing World of BYOD Policy

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledged that using an email server for official communication was perhaps not ideal. Amidst conversations surrounding security and transparency, Clinton responded that the primary driver was convenience: "I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two. Looking back, it would have been better if I'd simply used a second email account and carried a second phone, but at the time, this didn't seem like an issue." I think many

Does Your Business Comply with the California Court BYOD Ruling?

As described in the National Law Review, on August 12, 2014 the California Court of Appeals ruled that when employees must use their personal cell phones for work-related calls, California labor law requires the employer to reimburse them “a reasonable percentage of their cell phone bills." The court did not define a "reasonable percentage". What does this mean for California based businesses? Many are saying that this ruling means that '
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