Two important and related trends already having a significant impact on day-to-day operations at a rapidly growing number of businesses are BYOD (bring your own device) and BYOA (bring your own application). The trends are continuing to grow in all but the most security-restricted organizations, says Chris Townsend, vice president, Federal and Mid-Atlantic, at Stonesoft, a provider of integrated network security solutions. Market researcher Gartner Inc. predicts that almost four in 10 organizations will rely exclusively on BYOD– meaning they will no longer provide any devices to employees– by 2016, and 85 percent of businesses will have some kind of BYOD program in place by 2020.
Best practices for BYOD/BYOA include:
Embrace the cloud. BYOD/BYOA is a great opportunity for organizations to take a closer look at their existing, and likely dated, IT architecture, says Sanchit Vir Gogia, chief analyst and group CEO at Greyhound Research.
Value lies in data, not devices. “Focus on managing the app and data; device security alone will not help secure the corporate data,” Gogia says.
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