Bring Your Own Device ( Byod )

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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is referred to it by many names: bring your own danger, bring your own disaster, bring your own detonator, but whatever the name, it is becoming more and more commonplace in all sectors across the world. What used to be unthinkable, using one’s own personal mobile device or smartphone for work is now emerging as one of the biggest technology trends of this decade. The idea of using a personal device at work developed when many executives got their first Blackberries and iPhones back in the mid-2000’s and wanted access to corporate resources from these devices such as email and the corporate intranet. Since then, BYOD has transitioned from a trend to a major revolution of enterprise Information Technology (IT)…show more content…
The issue is two-fold, one being that IT departments have lost the ability to fully manage devices that connect to the company’s network, but also employees are now demanding that they have the ability to conduct company business and have access to extremely secure company resources from multiple personal devices. Obviously this hasn’t gone over very well from the IT perspective. Initially IT departments were very resistant to change taking into consideration the huge security risk allowing these devices onto the network presents, however more and more departments are beginning to adopt these new practices, but at the same time are still very hesitant because they remained very concerned about the inherent risks of permitting personal devices to access and store sensitive corporate data. The timeline outlined below gives an excellent graphical representation of where BYOD started in the early 200’s and where it is and going now that it’s in its third wave and really finding its way as a mature solution in the enterprise. Mobile devices are a mixed blessing for enterprises. CRN reported on a Poneman Institute, a IT security research firm, found that 77 percent of corporate professionals who responded to the survey said that the use of mobile devices in the workplace is important to achieving business objectives, but almost the same percentage, 76 percent, believe that these tools present a serious set of security risks. While organizations comprehend the
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