Sunday, July 21, 2013

BYOD, a Radical American Trend

Around the world, employees are bringing their iPhones, iPads, and Android tablets to work, and using them on their companies' WiFi connections. According to Gartner, as reported in the May 17, 2013 issue of Processor magazine, US companies are twice as likely as European firms to allow employees access to their networks using their personal mobile devices.

Gartner is calling the bring your own device (BYOD) trend "the most radical change to the economics and the culture of client computing in business in decades."

BYOD is not without security risks. Because these tablets and smartphones were selected individually by employees, few enterprises have policies that control these devices' privacy, security, or usage. Gartner reports, however, that the IT managers in companies that allow BYOD think of themselves as doing a particularly good job of managing corporate data security.

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