Risks and Op­por­tu­ni­ties

BYOD is be­ing her­alded as the fu­ture of busi­ness com­put­ing, but the press­ing chal­lenge for or­ga­ni­za­tions is how to em­brace an un­avoid­able prac­tice while min­i­miz­ing its risks

Voice&Data - - BYOD -

The evo­lu­tion of Bring Your Own Me­vice (BYOM) trend has been as pro­found as it has been rapid. It rep­re­sents the most vis­i­ble sign that the bound­aries be­tween per­sonal life and work life are blur­ring. The 9-5 pm model of work­ing solely from the of­fice has be­come ar­chaic and in­creas­ingly peo­ple are work­ing ex­tended hours from a range of lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing the work­placeH out in the fieldH dur­ing the com­muteH and from home. Pe truly live in a 24I7 global work­place and few peo­ple are sur­prised to re­ceive busi­ness emails late in the evening.

At the very heart of this evo­lu­tion is the abil­ity to ac­cess en­ter­prise net­works from any­where and any­time. The range of tools which en­able this con­stant con­nec­tiv­ity are be­com­ing more pow­er­ful all the timeH with lap­topsH tabletsH and smart­phones al­low­ing ac­cess to a range of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and busi­ness ap­pli­ca­tionsH while cloud com­put­ing serves to ef­fec­tively ex­tend the of­fice out of the of­fice.

The much-her­alded ben­e­fit of BYOM is greater pro­duc­tiv­ity. How­ev­erH re­cent re­search has sug­gested that it may ac­tu­ally be the great myth of BYOM and the re­al­ity is that BYOM in prac­tice poses new chal­lenges that may out­weigh the ben­e­fitsH if it is not prop­erly ad­dressed by the or­ganiYa­tion.

A world­wide sur­vey com­mis­sioned by FortinetH a world leader in high-per­for­mance net­work se­cu­ri­tyH chose to look at at­ti­tudes to­wards BYOM and se­cu­rity from the users point of view in­stead of the IT man­agers. Specif­i­cal­lyH the sur­vey

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