BYOD ‘is the way forward’

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Over the past few years more and more firms have turned to bring your own device (BYOD) schemes as they seek to make operational cost savings and boost user experience.

Allowing employees to carry out their duties on their personal tablets and smartphones means companies have to spend less money on hardware, while by opening up your organisation to mobile working, you should be able to encourage greater productivity.

 

I’ve been a fan of BYOD for a while now and it’s great to see that take-up of this measure is increasing. According to the (ISC) 2 2013 Global Information Security Workforce Study – which was carried out by Frost & Sullivan – the key consideration for businesses is security.

 

Indeed, 74 per cent of respondents admitted new security skills are going to be required if BYOD is to be properly managed. The two biggest areas of concern are the state of application security (72 per cent) and the cloud (70 per cent).

 

Michael Suby, stratecast vice-principal of research at Frost & Sullivan, said: “Whether approved or not, user-owned tablets and smartphones are connecting into corporate networks and cloud environments.”

 

“The escalating capabilities of these devices, such as dual-core processors and multi-gigabytes of storage, add to the level of risk these devices pose to corporate assets and sensitive information. The positive news is that information security professionals are using a growing array of security technologies to stem this risk.”

 

When asked why they wanted to adopt BYOD, 60 per cent pointed to a desire to improve end-user experience and 64 per cent highlighted the business requirement of supporting a mobile workforce.

 

As I have already stated, I think that BYOD can only be a positive development for organisations, as it means office workers can be connected 24/7. This means that operational efficiency can be improved considerably, as people are able to check their emails while on the bus and get a head start on the day ahead.

 

Posted by the Secret Businessman