Companies facing new mobile challenges

Companies facing new mobile challenges

A recent survey from Gartner suggested that a fifth of bring-own-device (BYOD) strategies would fail by 2016, summing up an increasing pessimistic sentiment among a number of employees, many of whom are beginning to become more aware of what happens to both their personal and corporate data.

Yet despite such concerns, the benefits of BYOD appear to have stuck with many businesses, there may have to be a change of approach in the way such policies are implemented.

According to an article published in Computer Weekly, firms should not simply ignore BYOD as a concept, as doing so could bring in a fresh wave of shadow technology that may lead to workers getting around corporate policies.

And just as it would be unwise to ignore BYOD, it is also not a good idea to ignore any security ramifications, especially given the fact that data security has become such a hotly debated issue in recent months.

Employers are ultimately responsible for securing company data and how it passes through their system. Any possible failings could lead to huge fines, so it is always important for firms to ensure that security is assured.

If companies should keep BYOD and its subsequent security concerns in mind, then it is safe to assume that one can ignore the onlookers that seem to suggest that such an approach may well be on its way out.

Although saving money is one of the reasons that many companies choose to adopt a BYOD strategy, it is by no means the whole story. Indeed, it is arguably safer to say that such an approach is actually a symptom of how the IT landscape has changed, rather than the cause.

It therefore means that companies failing to look towards implementing such methods risk being left behind, a situation that can prove costly in such a competitive environment.