Last year had experts calling BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend, "the hottest trend of 2012." This year as companies start to embrace this ever-growing culture, they're now figuring out how to manage the BYOD's security and application delivery, as well as employee productivity.
As Ovum stated in a report last year, companies must :
- Understand the attitudes and behavior that drive and will continue to drive BYOD activity across different countries, verticals, and job roles
- Gauge employee attitudes towards data privacy and the impact that has on corporate mobility policies.
- Gain insight into employee behavior in terms of application usage on both corporate and personally-owned devices.
Today, Anna Papachristos notes in her article, "Bringing Up BYOD: How Mobile Maturity Drives Employee Engagement," Although companies believe that incorporating a BYOD culture may open them up to data and security threats, embracing a BYOD culture can lead to productivity gains. Gartner even calls BYOD a "game-changer" for innovation across the enterprise. In fact, organizations like USB and the State of Delaware have put provisions in place to prevent breaches from occurring while seeing expenses decrease and employee productivity increase.
Whether you love it or not, BYOD is here to stay and is probably already happening within your organization. Therefore it's time to mitigate any potential risks by implementing a cohesive company policy that addresses ownership of the information and possible device audits, integrating existing technologies, and applying security measures and safeguards to protect the information stored on the devices.
Once the risks are addressed with allowing personal devices, you'll be on your way to establishing a safe, secure, and sustainable BYOD environment.