BYOD users to double by 2014

BYOD users to double by 2014

Bring your own device (BYOD) is taking the business world by storm with many firms looking to take advantage of the benefits it provides.

However, the current adoption of the trend is nothing compared to what it will be by 2014, according to Juniper Research, which claims BYOD is set to double in the next 18 months.

A new report from Juniper Research revealed that as many as 350 million employees will be using their own smartphones and tablets for work by 2014, up from the 150 million currently doing so.

Allowing staff to use their own devices has a host of benefits for organisations although some experts in the report described BYOD as "a security nightmare".

Report author Nitin Bhas called for new IT policies for users and proper device management.

Risks to the BYOD crowd include many of the same suffered by desktop computer users, from spam to malware to phishing.

BYOD has the added issue of device theft or loss, which opens data and sensitive information up to criminals. However, the implementation of mobile device management, and the remote wipe feature it offers, provides businesses with extra control.