While several factors can be cited for the consistent strong growth of consumer smartphone and other mobile device usage in recent years, reduced cost of device ownership is primary. This, along with other factors, led to a significant increase in the smartphone penetration rate.
The bring-your-own device (BYOD) phenomenon continues to become more commonplace as Gartner predicts that half of employers will require their employees to supply their own devices by 2017. This is clear evidence that BYOD is rapidly becoming embedded in employees’ working life, which also spells out a nightmare for security officers and IT staff.
Unlike company-issued devices, personally owned devices do not come enabled with equipment device management features. Consumerization is now being pursued in an attempt to increase productivity and reduce costs. As a result, compliance with previously existing IT policies may not always be a top priority.
Security in the enterprise environment is thus constantly changing due to consumerization. Security remains one of the biggest challenges in BYOD-enabled workplaces.
A Gartner study on BYOD reports that over 60% of employees use a personal device for work. This suggests that the BYOD phenomenon isn’t merely a trend, but a reality that will not only linger but grow.
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