BYOD growth down to lower costs for IT departments, according to report

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The bring your own device (BYOD) market has expanded significantly in the last decade, largely because of the lower costs involved for IT departments, according to the BYOD Security Market – Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2015 – 2021 compiled by Zion Market Research.

The report said that employees are increasingly being expected to carry out work-related tasks – such as accessing email – whilst they are out of the office. According to the report, this ensures employee productivity regardless of their location. Allowing employees to use their own devices makes it possible for businesses to reduce their spending on hardware and training.

When considering barriers to the growth of BYOD uptake, the report pointed to insufficient awareness about security tools as a challenge.

However, it was also added that the availability of easily accessible security could offer new opportunities to those incorporating BYOD policies in their business strategies.

According to the Public Sector Media Group, there are currently 7.7 billion mobile connections across the globe. This is expected to increase to 20.8 billion by 2020 thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT).

The average person now owns 3.64 devices, which have become necessary equipment for employees. These workers can use their own personal devices to access privileged work-related information, according to the BYOD security market analysis.

Threats to businesses making use of BYOD policies come in many forms, including potentially unwanted software, ransomware and information leaks – often these leaks are unintentional, coming as a result of certain apps reporting on how they are being utilised.

It has been recommended that chief information officers integrate security functionality directly into their mobile device management policy. They should also protect their businesses by employing malware protection and anti-virus scanning.