Rather than keeping personal devices out of the business network, companies are starting to see the value in BYOD (Bring your own Device), according to eWeek. The acceptance of these devices is something of a trade-off, as IT managers must ensure network security without sacrificing usability or infringing on employee privacy. The website cited a recent report by Research and Markets which said that in mid 2012, 65 percent of businesses would have some kind of BYOD solution in place.
"It's not just about employers making people productive, but an employee-driven thing, like, where there's a will, there's a way," Andrew Conway, director of Microsoft's Enterprise Client team, told the news source. "If they're not getting what they need from IT, they're going to go get it themselves."
Gartner vice president Ken Dulaney told eWeek that IT departments have said they want to stick with company-provisioned BlackBerry devices for more control, but the "dictator is being overthrown. Rather than fight BYOD, Dulaney suggested it would be better to practice cautious acceptance. His advice for companies is to monitor the system, give warnings for bad behavior and set expectations and boundaries for what will happen if the system is misused, so that there are few surprises when it comes to what is expected of BYOD-enabled workers.
"You say, 'If you want this and then you do that. If you want to do more things on your phone, then you have to accept responsibility for what goes wrong,'" he said, according to the website.
Many firms still ignoring BYOD and its consequences
Despite increasing focus on data security in BYOD environments, establishing clear guidelines to improve implementation is a common pain point for organizations. For example, A recent report from Zenprise said that only 8 percent of U.K. firms have any kind of BYOD policy in place. About 39 percent of the 500 IT decision makers that responded to this poll said employees are allowed to use their devices at work, but this likely creates unnecessary risks without an effective policy in place. Matt Peachey, vice president and general manager EMEA at Zenprise, said companies need to make it a priority to adopt BYOD security solutions in the new year.
"With so much to gain from effective BYOD initiatives – which, when done right, can deliver many measurable business benefits as well as supporting growth and innovation – organisations cannot afford to cuts any corners when it comes to security," he said.
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