In enterprise IT, the rise of the bring-your-own-device or BYOD trend has been unmistakably meteoric.
One of the top 'buzzwords' of the moment, the BYOD trend has been steadily gaining hype and attention: a fact that may have significant effects on vulnerability management for Australian organisations.
Occasionally called bring your own technology (BYOT), bring your own phone (BYOP) or bring your own PC (BYOPC), BYOD refers to the policy of allowing employees to use their own personal devices (such as mobiles, tablets, laptops and more) in the workplace.
There are many benefits for a business when it comes to incorporating a BYOD strategy.
Gartner analysts cite the opportunity for creating new mobile workforce opportunities as a big drawcard for many firms, with BYOD allowing employees to work efficiently in a wider variety of environments outside the traditional office base.
In addition to this, incorporating a BYOD strategy can also see businesses cut down or minimise the costs that would otherwise be associated with the purchase and maintenance of these devices.
As employees use their own personal devices, the organisation can be spared the cost of purchasing brand new, top of the line devices for each employee.
Another important benefit of adopting a BYOD policy is that it can have positive impacts on employee satisfaction, which can translate into a business advantage for the company.
Employees who can use their own preferred devices to carry out work rather than a company-issued model may be more satisfied in their role and able to be more productive in the workplace, which is good news for their employer.
A recent Gartner survey of CIOs around the world revealed that the BYOD trend may soon become a reality for many people, with 38 per cent of companies expecting to stop providing devices to their own workers by the year 2016.
"BYOD strategies are the most radical change to the economics and the culture of client computing in business in decades," Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst David Willis said in a press release earlier this month.
"However, the business case for BYOD needs to be better evaluated. Most leaders do not understand the benefits, and only 22 per cent believe they have made a strong business case."
If your organisation is preparing to adopt a BYOD policy of its own, it's important to ensure that your security does not suffer as a result.
Undertaking a thorough security audit will help to smooth the way for the adoption of new procedures such as BYOD, without compromising the privacy of your organisation's data.