Three reasons why BYOD will continue to flourish in 2015

Three reasons why BYOD will continue to flourish in 2015

Bring your own device (BYOD) is a trend that has had an eventful 2014, with adoption rates climbing steadily through the year, despite concerns from analysts, many of whom even went so far as to say that it may even start to decline in popularity.

The thinking behind those conclusions was largely driven by worries over security, with mobile device management (MDM) programmes having to be increasingly sophisticated in order to keep up with trends in the device market and the changes in how companies behave. Yet BYOD appears to have not only survived these difficulties, it has flourished, and shows no sign of going away anytime soon.

The rise of the cloud

Cloud computing is already a hugely popular technology for many businesses, helping improve levels of flexibility and mobility.

It means that employees can work from anywhere, enabling improvements in both morale and productivity.

Many organisations have already recognised such benefits, moving services such as email, calendaring, unified communications (UC) and collaboration tools into the cloud, leading to increased adoption rates.

The rise of this technology is likely to lead to more devices within many corporate systems, meaning that BYOD will play a key role in day-to-day operations.

Fears cast aside

While it would be naive to deny that BYOD does not carry a potential for security breaches, it would be just as foolish for companies to dismiss such an approach as being a guaranteed security risk.

Many organisations have grown to understand that in order for BYOD to work, they need to establish a solid policy of use, covering all possible angles of a corporate system.

Not only can organisations create a policy of use for their employees, but they can turn to software solutions to aid greater security, including MDM applications, which can help to further ease any potential concerns over BYOD.

The growth of cyber liability insurance

Even though it is difficult for complete security to be guaranteed in a BYOD policy, there are a number of insurance policies available that protect against data breaches.

Such a setup could be the new trend within BYOD, with cyber liability set to help companies protect themselves against everything from a lost laptop to a broken smartphone.