BYOD to boost ICT in South Africa as Summit discusses BYOD as a business policy

The 4th annual IT Leaders Africa Summit will be held in South Africa’s city of gold, Johannesburg from 13 to 14 March 2013. The summit is hosted and produced by international business-to-business conferencing company, Kinetic Events. The IT Leaders Summit series is hosted in strategic locations all over the world including Johannesburg, Dubai, Ghana, Cape Town and Nairobi. The series hosts over 150 CIOs and senior IT executives representing leading companies from the respective regions.

 

South Africa, Republic of, Nov, 2012 – South Africa is of the fastest growing mobile communications markets in the world and telecommunications is one of the fastest growing sectors within South Africa’s economy, driven by rapid growth in mobile and broadband connectivity within recent years. South Africa boasts a network that is reportedly 99.9% digital and includes the latest advancements in fixed-line, wireless and satellite communications. The rapidly growing country has one of the most developed telecoms networks in Africa.

 

In the consumerisation of the ICT industry in South Africa; bring your own device (BYOD) is a phrase that has become widely adopted among enterprises referring to employees and staff who bring their own computing devices, including smart phones and laptops, to the workplace for use and connecting to the corporate network. BYOD is a corporate policy for employees intending to bring personally owned mobile devices to their workplace and accessing privileged enterprise resources including email, servers and databases as well as their personal applications and data. BYOD is also commonly known as bring your own technology (BYOT) or bring your own behaviour (BYOB), as the term expresses a broader concept not only covering the hardware device, but also the software used on that mobile device.

 

In today’s rapidly evolving and developing enterprise world, employees are expected to use personal smart phones and mobile devices at the office, making BYOD security a topical concern for many IT industry executives and leaders. Many organisations that allow employees to use their own devices at the workplace are looking to implement strict BYOD security policies clearly outlining the enterprises positions and governance policies to assist IT departments and executives in better managing these devices, ensuring the network security is in no way compromised by the employees using their own devices.

 

The IT Leaders Africa Summit is set to address issues and challenges associated with BYOD security, enabling IT to provide detailed security requirements for each individual personal device used in the workplace and connected to the corporate network. Solutions and tactics to be discussed will include configured networks with passwords prohibiting certain applications from being installed on the device or requiring all data on the device to be encrypted. Other BYOD security policy initiatives to be addressed will also include possibly limiting activities that employees are allowed to perform on these devices at the work place.

 

The summit provides delegates and partners with an exclusive business-to-business platform to share, network and engage in a focused interactive environment with IT industry peers, senior executives, government officials, senior decision makers, IT leaders and international guests. The summit will cover top business issues and technologies, impacting the enterprise with strategic tactics needed to yield higher results and to gain a competitive advantage within the industry.Industry focused workshop sessions address effective solutions in delivering IT projects and services enabling business growth and innovation. 90 minute workshop session themes are selected by delegates and sponsors to advance your goal of operational excellence and powerfully demonstrate the value of IT organisation to the enterprise.

The IT Leaders Africa Summit provides an exclusive business-to-business platform to share, network and engage in a focused interactive environment with IT industry peers, senior executives, government officials, senior decision makers, IT leaders and international guests. The summit aims to address information technology and communications challenges, operational excellence, and technological advancements impacting the enterprise with strategic guidance and actionable tactics. Africa’s IT industry will discover efficient methods to deliver IT projects and services, resulting in business growth and innovation, and successfully leveraging existing resources and investments.

 

For more information, to apply to attend, comment or photographs, visit www.itleaders.co.za or contact Shaunei Meintjes on +27 21 555 0866 or shaunei@kineticevents.net. Follow @ITLeadersAfrica and @KineticEventsSA on Twitter for daily updates and news feeds.

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