Is BYOC the new kid on the block?

Is BYOC the new kid on the block?

The growth of personal tablets and smartphones within businesses has led to a significant rise in the bring your own device (BYOD) trend in the UK and around the world, but this looks like it could now be old news, with the creation of BYOC.

This stands for bring your own cloud and sees individuals using personal storage for their own data to host corporate information, which may be very sensitive and pose a risk to the companies reputation should it be hacked into or exposed.

Davey Winder, writing for CloudPro, said that a major issues for companies is the growing use of individual workers' unauthorised cloud applications and services. Often staff are making use of tools without the permission of the company.

"If this isn't a concern to you, then it should be. Quite apart from regulatory compliance (should they apply to your business sector) and local in-house acceptable use policy issues, there's the ever present potential of compromise," Mr Winder added.

He explained that BYOC is a "lot more commonplace" than many companies expect at the moment, which makes it very important to implement clear and concise security measures as soon as possible to reduce the likelihood of any incidents taking place.

Mr Winder said that the rise of the personal cloud had come about due to the blurring of the lines between what an employee can and cannot use to improve their productivity brought about by the rise in the BYOD trend.

"Indeed, when you factor in the undeniable truth that many cases of BYOC will involve a pretty Heath-Robinson cobbling together of enterprise and consumer software with unknown cloud storage elements, and, well, you start to get an idea of why it's important to start separating the device problem from the cloud-usage problem," he noted.

Educating employees when it comes to what is acceptable to use and what is not is absolutely vital, as many will be unaware of the dangers of using cloud services that may not be properly secured and recommended by the business.