Expert claims BYOD focus should shift to software

Expert claims BYOD focus should shift to software

The use of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies has become increasingly common over the course of recent years, leading to a number of changes in the way many organisations set themselves up in terms of security.

While trying to implement strategies such as mobile device management to achieve data security, there is still a common trend among many companies to restrict hardware being used by employees.

That is the verdict of, Ed Simmons, executive director of platform integration at UBS, who told delegates at the North American Trading Architecture Summit in New York that employees accessing the web or the cloud for work purposes on their own devices need to feel comfortable about not compromising data.

According to a report by Risk.net, Mr Simmons said:  "Mobile app management is still a pretty nascent field, as well as mobile data management, and there is a lot of the wild west out there, but that is the big thing – instead of managing the devices, managing the apps.

"It's much cheaper because everybody wants the latest devices. Mobile app management is really important and it's an area that we really have to focus on."

Those thoughts were echoed by David Saul, chief scientist and senior vice-president at State Street, who added that data was the most important asset to financial institutions.

He added: "We need to put the focus on how we take that data, protect it as an asset and make sure that it's still of value to our clients."

Such comments are sure to only add to the debate surrounding the issue of data security within BYOD policies.

Many organisations seem to already be turning their attention to MDM software as a means to solve their security problems.

A recently released report by Infonetics Research suggests the spike in demand from companies will see worldwide revenue for mobile device security software increase by ten per cent.