Restrictive MDM policy to hamper 1 in 5 BYOD programs

Restrictive MDM policy to hamper 1 in 5 BYOD programs

The rise of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) culture has infiltrated the IT infrastructure of a whole host companies across the UK.

Its rapid rise has led many analysts to advocate the need to generate a greater level of security in order to ensure that the security of sensitive data is not unnecessarily risked.

One of the main ways in which companies are responding is to implement mobile device management (MDM) strategies as part of a BYOD policy to address security challenges and establish a proper code of use among workers.

However, there are growing concerns that some of these MDM policies are going too far and are in fact stifling the advantages that come with BYOD.

Indeed a recent report from Gartner has predicted that 20 per cent of companies will fail to find the right balance.

But a new Gartner report predicts that by 2016 about 20 percent of companies will ultimately fail to find the proper balance between these dueling priorities.

Ken Dulaney, a Gartner vice president, said in the report: "Given the control that IT has exercised over personal computers by developing and deploying images to company-managed PCs, many IT organisations will implement strong controls for mobile devices."

The report went on to say that many employees are becoming increasingly sensitive to the idea of giving IT firms access to their personal device, and are instead demanding the sort of solutions that allow allow for the separation of personal and business content.

However, the job of IT managers has arguably been made all the more difficult by the fact that 15 per cent of mobile device users store their personal and business password details on their smartphones, while around a third of employees neglect to use a PIN or password to restrict access.