Gartner predicts rise of BYOD

As the bring your own device movement (BYOD) becomes more and more popular, companies will no longer see it as necessary to provide devices for their workers, according to new Gartner analysis.

A global survey of CIOs undertaken by Gartner found that 38 per cent of companies expect to stop providing devices to their workers by 2016.

Gartner defines a BYOD strategy as one that allows employees, business partners and other users to use their own devices to access important data and use important applications.

The benefits that BYOD can bring are numerous, including improved employee satisfaction and a reduction in costs, but BYOD strategies can also represent a "radical change".

"Like other elements of the Nexus of Forces (cloud, mobile, social and information), mobile initiatives are often exploratory and may not have a clearly defined and quantifiable goal," Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst David Willis said in a May 1 statement.

"If you are offering BYOD, take advantage of the opportunity to show the rest of the organisation the benefits it will bring to them and to the business."

If you are preparing to adopt a new technology innovation like the BYOD trend, it's more important than ever to ensure vulnerability management is a strong priority.

A security audit of your organisation's ICT networks can ensure that your security policies are sufficient for the adoption of new technologies and practices.

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