Getting to grips with BYOD
Since mobile devices have proliferated as consumer gadgets as well as business tools, individuals are not only more comfortable with technology, they have their own preferences and want to make their own choices for work as well as at home. This ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) idea started with mobile phones, especially once smartphones became widespread, but has also been quickly embraced for other devices, in particular tablets and, to a lesser extent, notebooks, laptops and PCs.
This brings an enormous management headache for organisations, but the smart move is to recognise that the device is ultimately far less important than the applications it runs and the data it has access to. This is where attention needs to be focussed to ensure the most important enterprise assets are properly protected and secured.