BYOD trend is “unstoppable”, says Cisco

BYOD trend is “unstoppable”, says Cisco

The bring your own device (BYOD) trend is a "largely unstoppable" force and requires businesses to introduce proper policies, according to Cisco

Chuck Robbins, senior vice president of worldwide sales, wrote in his company blog that it was important that organisations come to terms with this movement and underpin access to any sensitive information.

A study has revealed that 44 per cent of workers are using three or more mobile devices at work each day, largely aided by the boom in popularity of smartphones and tablets. He added that businesses should "think beyond the device and address the issues of secure data access and network management".

He pointed to research undertaken by Cisco from the Economist Intelligence Unit, Secure Data Access in a Mobile Environment, which questioned 578 senior executives. The result was that most are uneasy about the security of corporate information on mobile devices.

In addition, 42 per cent said that C-suite needs secure and timely access to strategic data, however only 28 per cent believe it was appropriate to get this from a tablet or smartphone. Almost half claimed that the complexity of securing multiple data sources along with a lack of mobile-access security knowledge were the top challenges for their organisation.

"It is clear from the survey findings that each new opportunity to further connect and engage employees brings with it a corresponding set of challenges. Social media will become a critical component in the world of BYOD, as multiple devices necessitate collaboration technologies that must work in tandem," said Mr Robbins.

He called for tools to become adaptive as social applications begin to overlay with collaboration technologies.

"Additionally, mobile applications will begin expanding into the mobile workforce, creating further implications for those working outside the firewall."

Recently, Antenna Software carried out a study which found that there has been an increase in demand for staff with mobile management skills, brought on by the BYOD trend.