BYOD Users Will Get More Leeway on Device Rules

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Three-quarters of devices used by BYOD workers versus 58% of company-owned devices don't have to be set to enable encryption enforcement if it's not automatically enabled.

In an era when knowledge workers drive business success—and even non-IT employees are fairly tech savvy—it was inevitable that bring your own device (BYOD) would emerge as the norm. Currently, six out of 10 employees have already used a personal device for work, according to Gartner. In fact, nearly two-fifths of organizations expect to cease provisioning company-owned computing products to staffers by 2016. With this new freedom comes, well, more freedom, as employers loosen up what were once considered rigid standards of appropriate device usage, according to recent research from Fiberlink. Professionals who buy their own devices for work, for example, are less likely to be forced to restrict content or blacklist certain apps. They also get more leeway on encryption enforcement. If this trend continues, companies may need to prepare for a new business reality in which employees will mostly set their own rules regarding technology usage and once-rigorously enforced BYOD policies will be mere suggestions. All of this means that businesses will have to be more proactive in educating their BYOD users about how some behaviors can invite unnecessary risks that can compromise enterprise data and operations. The research is based on an examination of more than two million devices that Fiberlink, an enterprise device management company, oversees.

This article was originally published on 2013-11-26
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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