What’s the problem with that? We all love our big screens and skinny tablets. The problem comes when attempting to write any sort of BYOD policy for a company. This blurry line does not line up well with the well-defined, black and white line that policies draw in the sand. This device evolution makes the attempt to declare what a device is, and how you can use it in the enterprise more difficult every day… or does it?
Let’s go back to how the evolution in mobile devices makes writing policies more difficult. A lot of the time people go at this from the wrong angle. They ask the question: “What kind of devices do we want to address? Smartphones and tablets? Only laptops?” What we need to be doing is classify devices not by what they are or who owns them but what do we know about them? If we take the policy and instead of making tons of classification buckets (personal phone, company phone, personal tablet, company tablet, personally purchased company tablet… etc…) we make two: managed and unmanaged. Stop trying to quantify the risk differences in these devices and keep them all under the same tree as a “device”. This in fact is why it’s called “BYOD” and not BYOPC, BYOT, BYOSP, BYOLT.