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The 'Bring Your Own Device' Dilemma

As more people rely on smartphones, bank IT departments will spend increasing resources to support employees' mobile devices of choice.

An area that many organizations -- in the banking industry and beyond -- will need to spend more time thinking about is the accelerating bring-your-own-device trend, according to Umpqua Bank CIO Colin Eccles. "As more employees start to carry smartphones and are involved in social media outside of work, they'll say, 'Can't I get my work email and calendar and work contents on this same device?' " Eccles notes.

As banks look into letting employees use their own devices for work-related activities, they first must consider the information security risks associated with connecting non-bank-owned devices to their networks, Eccles warns. "Organizations are going to spend more time thinking about how they can to some extent provide a bring-your-own-device capability but still keep the network and data secure," he says.

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