Business leaders urged to adopt BYOD strategies

Business leaders urged to adopt BYOD strategies

A significant number of IT professionals are failing to make the most of the bring your own device (BYOD) trend due to a lack of efficient policies to monitor the use of smartphones and tablets.

A survey conducted by AppSense indicated that 67 per cent of IT bosses think that developing a BYOD policy and implementing it within their organisation is a major challenge.

Despite this, 69 per cent of those surveyed explained they had already supplied two or more mobile devices to their employees.

The BYOD: Bridging the Gap report highlighted that a number of businesses in the UK regard meeting end-user expectations as a significant issue, with 78 per cent of IT leaders admitting to experiencing a company push from staff to see the trend implemented.

Nick Lowe, vice president sales and general manager at EMEA, said: "With so many devices offering different kinds of user experience, BYOD instantly becomes a challenge of scale: more devices equals more operating systems, more security protocols, more application portals, more user profiles to manage consistently and more platforms to support."

More and more employees asking to work away from the workplace, using their own technology, which makes BYOD and the efficiency and productivity gains it offers crucial for businesses.

The rise in use of mobile technology for enterprise purposes means establishing a policy is vital as security can become an issue.

BYOD security can be controlled by having an IT department set out detailed requirements for each type of personal device that is used in the workplace and will then be connected to a corporate network. The addition of a series of passwords and firewalls which prohibit any specific applications being installed on the device.

As well as this, an additional layer of security can be added through the implementation of mobile device management (MDM), which can be used to monitor and manage a range of devices, running various operating systems, from one place.