BYOD set to grow and expand in 2013

BYOD set to grow and expand in 2013

The bring your own device (BYOD) trend is well and truly up and running in the UK and around the world and has been for some time, but it seems that there is still further to go for the practice.

According to a new report from Forrester, the growth of personal devices in the workplace looks set to grow and may even spread to include PCs in 2013 and the future.

The study found that more than 70 per cent of organisations now have a BYOD programme in place in one form or another, with employee-owned devices dominating the trend at the moment.

Almost two-thirds (62 per cent) of workers using a smartphone for enterprises-related purposes bought the handset themselves, while 56 per cent of tablet users purchased their own gadget.

While the rise of the personal mobile device is helping businesses boost efficiency and increase productivity, it is also creating a greater risk in terms of security breaches.

Forrester analyst Chenxi Wang has noted that mobile VDI, containers, app wrapping, and device virtualisation have all come into the eyeline of businesses looking to boost security measures.

However, the expert went on to explain that "many of these technologies diminish the user experience, which remains the single biggest barrier to adoption."

One way of protecting a business against the theft and loss of important and sensitive information that is being accessed by employees on the move and on their own tablets and smartphones is through mobile device management.

While this does require the management of employee-owned devices, it is less invasive and often can include measures to separate personal and corporate data.

This means that both the company and the workers can rest assured that should a gadget be reported lost or stolen it can be wiped of company information, while personal contacts and images will remain untouched, ideal if the smartphone or tablet is later returned or found.

Remote wipe means that a potentially dangerous situation can be resolved immediately, with a reduced risk of information falling into the wrong hands.