The Proliferation of BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices)

As a follow-up to Larry Kovnat’s previous Business of Work blog post, “New Year, New IT Security Threats,” I’d like to share some interesting information about another workplace trend that’s proving to be a challenge for enterprise IT departments.

Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD as it’s known, is a logical evolutionary step in the ‘consumerization of IT’ process, which we’ve seen gain substantial momentum since the PC revolution of the mid-to-late 1990s allowed companies to begin providing desktop workstations for their employees.

According to a recent ZDNet article, “Consumerization of IT, BYOD and mobile device management,” the percentage of enterprises that support BYOD increased from 72 to 76 percent between 2011 and 2012.

But what are those companies doing to ensure data security?

Good Technology's 2012 BYOD report
Courtesy of Good Technology’s 2012 BYOD report

As stated in the ZDNet piece, “Consumerization of IT is not going away, so enterprise IT managers cannot simply bury their heads in the sand. The challenge is to accommodate the ‘work anywhere, anytime’ productivity and user satisfaction benefits that consumerization and BYOD can bring, while retaining enough control to keep company data secure and compliance requirements satisfied.”

I encourage you to read the entire article, and keep checking the Business of Work blog for future posts on the ways in which Xerox helps enterprise customers evolve in tandem with the latest workplace technology trends and developments while ensuring complete data integrity.

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