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BYOD has exploded into the workplace. Should it mean that organizational security is compromised?


According to specialist market research agency Vanson Bourne, who polled 1,700 IT decision makers, 47% feel under pressure to deliver increased business mobility to their employees.

The fervent subject of achieving a mobile business has seen some IT leaders slower to react because of the potential problems caused from an influx of personal devices into the enterprise.

However, should such pressure see IT leaders risk data security just to satisfy the majority?

Of course that answer is not. Business mobility should be made simple by software made with security in mind. Although with personal devices within the enterprise becoming an essential, it is unlikely IT leaders will be able to hold out for much longer. Figures like the 29% of individuals who believe a lack of mobile working limits productivity highlights the thirst for access to enterprise information anytime, anywhere.

Such pressure in fact comes from both ends of the spectrum, employees and C-suite executives alike. 35% of those surveyed suggested C-Level executives are putting on the pressure to use their mobile devices, even if this means going against corporate policies.

The reason why? The mobile revolution radically changed our perception of human-technological interaction, which in turn has had a profound effect on our views of business mobility. We dictate, through our own devices how we stay in touch with friends, the ways we learn and the content and news we consume. The same experience is now expected in the workplace too.

Then of course there is the digital transformation piece, which has seen the reinvention of business practices to derive the maximum value from business technologies. This has sped everything up, and such a quickened pulse has reverberated through every business, regardless of sector, geographical location, company size or age.

With IT leaders in limbo, wondering how best to provide a mobile business whilst simultaneously ensuring the safety of the entire corporation shouldn’t be an issue – but instead, IT leaders should be asking the question of how quickly it can be done.