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Will Amazon's Fire kindle a new push for personal tech at work?

Will the release of Amazon's Kindle Fire start a new round of feds bringing personal devices to work?

The Fire is a pretty nifty gadget. The Insider is not always an early adopter, but he bought one of these the first day it was available. At $199, it serves as an Amazon content delivery tool and an Android apps-running tablet PC. It's not as fully featured as the iPad, but it's affordable to a wider range of customers, and therefore likely to become more plentiful over the next few months.

The Fire connects to WiFi, which means it's probable that at least some feds are going to ask to connect to an agency network. That, and the upcoming gift-giving season, make this a good time to revisit the issue of hooking personal devices into agency networks, a security challenge counterbalanced by demand. Is your agency reconsidering its approach to the question?

Posted by Michael Hardy on Nov 29, 2011 at 12:18 PM


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