Bring your own device was once a novel trend that many believed would be short-lived and fleeting, but it is now one of the more important aspects of corporate computing and operations in virtually every industry. The smartphone has had a significantly positive impact on the average business, and companies that have successfully integrated the various components into standing unified communications strategies have seen performance improvements.
However, security always has been, and remains, the major question mark in this arena.
Computerworld recently reported that BYOD security and general governance over data, systems and devices in the average workplace have not appeared to improve dramatically in the past few years, despite the trend reaching a relative level of maturity. It seems as though awareness and knowledge might be root causes of this negative issue, but that the real problem is within the less aggressive and mindful activities taking place in IT.
According to the news provider, surveys have found that IT professionals and managers in various departments of the average organization are simply not spearheading the necessary security improvements that so many experts have urged them to focus on. One positive note came from a Harris Interactive survey that revealed 98 percent of the respondents' companies at least had a security policy in place, the source noted.
However, Computerworld pointed out that fewer than one out of every five of these same respondents said that the companies have ways to actually govern the policies and protocols in place.
The time is now to get more serious about data, network, communications and BYOD security, as breaches and information exposure have plagued virtually every industry in the United States. By leveraging proven services provided by a reliable vendor, organizations can capture the benefits of BYOD without taking on excessive risk.