Why businesses cannot ignore BYOD

Why businesses cannot ignore BYOD

A number of experts have already given their opinion about the perceived rise of the "bring your own device" (BYOD) trend and its impact on businesses all over the UK and beyond.

A common opinion held by a large number of companies is that BYOD is a great way for firms to get ahead of their competitors by taking advantage of the benefits it brings.

However, there are seemingly a large proportion of businesses that are still reluctant to agree that the advantages of such an approach outweigh the challenges.

High-profile data breaches have brought the concept of securing sensitive corporate data and information to the forefront of the minds of many decision makers at various organisations.

While security is a legitimate point of discussion in the BYOD debate, there is mounting evidence to suggest that it is no longer something in which companies can ignore.

A recent survey carried out by Gartner predicted that nearly half of all organisations will have a BYOD policy of some form in place by 2017, meaning that those firms that continue to dig their heels in face losing ground on their competitors.

However, that does not mean that IT departments can simply dive head first into a BYOD policy as risks do need to addressed.

Smartphones are arguably the most common mobile devices to be used within a corporate system, but the rise of tablets and the imminent arrival of wearable technology means that the variety of hardware is only going to increase.

It will therefore be crucial for firms to understand the differences between those devices and not assume that all devices function and behave in the same way.

Each and every device should be seen as a possible opportunity for cyber criminals to enter a company's system as this will allow firms to draw up an appropriate plan within an effective BYOD policy.