The digital landscape is alive with change, particularly when it comes to the proliferation of mobile devices (BYOD) in the workplace. The dawning of this phenomenon began as far back as 2009, when the phrase first took hold, becoming, as CIO notes, the ‘New Normal’ in 2013:
“CIOs can thank mobile device management vendors for pushing their messages of compliance to business users and, as a result, helping bring IT into the discussion as a BYOD enabler.”
Cisco: More control of the cloud network is needed
In fact, a Cisco survey of 4,000 IT decision-makers worldwide noted the need for more control of the cloud network with the ever-increasing array of mobile devices, smartphones and tablets in the workplace.
However, along with this general acceptance of BYOD in the workplace, 82 percent of those surveyed were concerned about compliance and security requirements.
Following the ‘moving’ mobile device!
For example, aligning departmental needs with a company’s BYOD policies creates new challenges: If an employee who uses his/her’s own mobile device switches to a new device, how is sensitive info to be tracked and stored? Worse, what happens to that data if the person leaves the company?
Cisco notes savings with BYOD in the workplace
Are these concerns lessened when the economic metric is added in? According to a recent Forbes overview on BYOD devices, Cisco notes a typical savings of $350 annually…per employee.
Still, concerns persist about ‘security’ when it comes to mobile strategies. As Forbes notes:
“Security is one concern for there are undeniable risks in permitting employees’ access to corporate resources from personal devices, and indeed the dangers posed by malicious applications and viruses will discourage many organizations from implementing BYOD.”
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