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
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