62% of firms to allow BYOD by 2014

62% of firms to allow BYOD by 2014

The mobile and tablet market is booming at the moment and this is having a significant impact on the way businesses in the UK are operating.

A host of companies have already embraced the use of personal devices in the workplace, a trend known as bring your own device (BYOD) and new research has indicated that the proportion of companies allowing the use of smartphones and tablets for work-related purposes is set to increase.

The study, conducted by TechRepublic, indicated that 62 per cent of business will have BYOD in place within their organisation by the end of 2013.

Just under half (44 per cent) of the 1,000 IT professionals questioned said their businesses had embraced it, while another 18 per cent are planning a launch of the trend by the end of the year.

Those who already allow the use of personal tablets and smartphones in their organisations, either in the office or while working flexibly, have been doing so for a long time, with 61 per cent already having a year's worth of experience in the matter.

Of the companies that have failed to implement the trend so far, which offers a host of cost and efficiency benefits, security issues were highlighted as the main concern.

One way firms worried about allowing access to sensitive information through personal devices can reduce the risks is through mobile device management (MDM). The tool helps a business monitor the devices workers are using within their organisation.

It can also provide a means of removing company information remotely should a device be lost or stolen.

Other issues highlighted in the study included problems with the brands and type of device most often given by the company, restrictions when it comes to supported smartphones and tablets and a reluctance of some employees to get involved in the program.

Security approaches from firms were also highlighted as something that can put off employees, with many feeling the measures were overbearing. MBM can help to keep personal and company information separate, which should alleviate these issues.