UK government approves BYOD products with Windows 8, Windows Phone 8

The trend of employees using their own electronic devices at work (or BYOD for short) is catching on in both businesses and in government organizations. However, there are certainly some concerns about security in these matters, especially now in the wake of Edward Snowden leaking information from the NSA.

This week, the UK government issued guidelines for departments that would allow its employees to bring their own smartphones and tablets to work. The rules govern a wide range of operating systems, including Microsoft's Windows 7, 8 and RT along with Windows Phone 8. The rules also cover Android 4.2, iOS 6, BlackBerry 10.1, OS X 10.8, Chrome OS 26 and Ubuntu 12.04.

The rules that cover Windows 7 and 8 BYOD products will allow employees to access email, create, edit and view documents and access their department's intranet and Internet resources. The chart above shows the recommended "walled garden" for IT workers to follow in setting up BYOD devices. All such products must be returned to their factory settings before they can be allowed to be used at work, according to the guidelines.

The new rules are current in draft form and may change slightly before they reach their final version.

Source: UK.gov via Computer Weekly | Image via UK.gov

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I know this story originally came from computer weekly but those guides published by CESG through gov.uk are not referring to BYOD ... They're referring to Government owned and deployed devices.

Just read something about those guidelines for BYOD. Here is my verdict: My device, my own f* rules. OR... Stop being a cheap-a** and give me an enterprise device.

They can jog on I ain't reinstalling Windows 7 or restoring my phone and tablet to factory default to use at work. I wasn't even aware that brining your own computers to work etc was illegal > very angry about this.

It's not illegal to take your device to work if you aren't doing work related tasks on it, but if you are...
Think about it, would you want someone to take their device into work that they've downloaded god-knows-what on and got viruses and then be dealing with your bank account information ?

I've completed a number of BYOD projects for FTSE 100 companies. It generally works quite well, but I tend to put a high spec intranet site in as the gateway. That cuts down on support calls. Make it simple for the end user.

A County Council I work for are doing this and I know for a fact that the end user will expect IT to support their device, they are going to very unhappy when we tell them their laptop or Ipad isn't supported by us. In my eyes this is a bad idea from the start.