The lawyers at Foley & Lardner have a message for IT pros about BYOD: Resistance is futile!

That's not an exact quote but it's pretty close. The firm's IT and outsourcing practice recently conducted a webinar for companies grappling with employee-owned devices on and off their corporate networks and the long list of potential issues the BYOD model can cause.

Naturally, the event focused on the legal and related risks associated with BYOD. But it wasn't doom and gloom. The lawyers highlighted the positive potential outcomes of allowing employees to use their own mobile devices and other hardware at work, such as lower costs, improved employee productivity and satisfaction, and even hiring -- the presentation cited a Unisys report that found 44% of job hunters find an offer more attractive if the employer supports iPads. The bottom line: BYOD is happening whether you like it or not.

"At the end of the day, BYOD is not going anywhere," said Foley & Lardner partner Matthew A. Karlyn. "It's only going to increase."

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