BYOD issues need to be solved, says HP

BYOD issues need to be solved, says HP

The benefits of implementing the bring your own device (BYOD) trend have been well documented, but the working practice can come with challenges, such as security.

Technology firm Hewlett-Packard (HP) has claimed that these concerns cannot be avoided by businesses looking to take advantage of the efficiency gains the trend can offer.

HP recently reported that around 50 per cent of workers using their own and company-owned devices for enterprise purposes are doing so on three or more gadgets.

Kash Shaikh, senior director of HP's product and technical marketing, networking, said that IT departments are ignoring the potential dangers to their company, with many firms unprepared for the risks posed by security threats such as malware.

HP estimates that employee-owned smartphones and tablets will be compromised by malware at more than double the rate of company devices, indicating that some organisations could be facing severe problems.

He said that "the legacy networks of most organisations are simply unprepared for BYOD", before calling for businesses to implement a more holistic or unified solution to the threats and challenges posed by BYOD.

With Gartner recently predicting that by 2016, two-thirds of the world's workforce will own smartphones and 40 per cent of staff members will be mobile, the problems are only going to get worse for businesses, so it is important to act now.

The calls from HP go against a study conducted by CEB, which found that companies may be ploughing too much money into data security.

Outdated or excessive data controls were highlighted as very costly to many companies, with the organisation estimating that the average organisation could be losing as much as £13 million a year.

Steven Williams, managing director, CEB, said: “Lots has been made in recent years of the potentially huge costs to companies of failing to take care of their data, but it works the other way too. It’s perfectly possible to take too much care of your data."