IoT poised to become key part of BYOD policies

IoT poised to become key part of BYOD policies

Bring your own device (BYOD) policies are becoming increasingly important in the digital age, helping companies in various industries rule over smartphones, tablets and other devices within their network.

Yet the dawn of the Internet of Things (IoT) could prove to be something of a game-changer, carrying the capabilities to turn a number of BYOD policies on their head.

As well as having an impact on the consumer market IoT is set to influence the digital operations of enterprises too, meaning companies will have to ensure their strategies are up to date accordingly.

While getting it right is set to be something of a necessity, many companies are already confused about the best way to add IoT devices to their network.

A recent survey by FierceMobileIT found that wearable technology presented some of the most significant complications.

An increased number of devices, including smartwatches, have entered the systems of various enterprises, yet 60 per cent of companies claim they are not sure whether they should be included in BYOD policies.

The findings suggests many companies do not fully understand the potential consequences for lax security for IoT devices, with a large number of IT departments perhaps underestimating their importance.

The root cause of this belief is the slightly misguided perception that a large number of IoT devices are seldom used to handle and transmit corporate data.

Realistically, any device capable of handling data is potentially vulnerable and BYOD policies should be adapted accordingly.

This is particularly relevant given that many analysts are convinced that IoT devices are set to become increasingly sophisticated and will need policies that reflect those features.