BYOD trend to see 1bn devices by 2018

BYOD trend to see 1bn devices by 2018

The number of smartphone and tablet devices being used by employees as part of the bring your own device (BYOD) trend is set to reach a global figure of one billion by the year 2018, a new study has suggested.

A study conducted by Juniper Research stated this predicted figure accounts for around 35 per cent of all consumer mobile devices and stems from the increase in mobile adoption.

Despite a surge in the number of businesses realising the advantages of adopting an effective BYOD strategy, the report goes on to state that giving mobile devices a greater influence in the workplace brings about several challenges that need to be addressed.

One of the most pressing issues relates to that of cyber security, due to the fact that the amount of malware targeting mobile devices has substantially risen over the course of the last two years.

Nearly two-thirds of users now access the internet by using a mobile device, while almost 70 per cent of online threats can damage devices or compromise data.

This trend has not gone unnoticed by hackers, who are beginning to move away from targeting PCs or laptops in favour of mobile devices.

According to supplier Trend Macro, around one million mobile device-directed malware exploits by the end of 2013.

And Juniper has warned that despite the significant threat posed, around 80 per cent of both consumer and business smartphones will remain unprotected.

Nitin Bhas, senior analyst for Juniper Research and one of the authors of the report, said: “The BYOD trend is something that CIOs and IT managers cannot ignore given the increasing number of employees bringing their own devices to the business, whether such activity is officially sanctioned or not.”

The firm hopes that an increased level of awareness will see the number of mobile devices with appropriate security measures increase to 1.3 billion by 2018, up from 325 million in 2013.