Companies like Samsung and Microsoft agree: 2013 is the year for BYOD. Samsung predicts that BYOD will become the norm within the next two years, with more businesses allowing users to buy their own devices for work use. In its joint study with IDG, Samsung determined that 85 percent of companies currently support the BYOD trend, whereas 70 percent of IT executives say companies without BYOD are at a “competitive disadvantage.” While Microsoft Windows has long been the de-facto operation system in the workplace, its recent shifts in marketing and focus have introduced new Windows 8 products to attract consumers, who then bring these devices to work.
The recent holiday season has fueled BYOD, as smartphones and tablets are given as gifts and later taken to work. According to Byron Acohido at USA Today, 2013 is the year that “BYOD participants can expect to relinquish control of their devices – and forgo a level of privacy – as companies impose much tighter security constraints.” He also reports that companies will be expected to pull off a “balancing act between protecting company data and ensuring BYOD users’ privacy isn’t trampled.” As more people bring devices and apps into the workplace, security and user education will become increasingly important. Initializing a protected BYOD policy and educating employees will help alleviate potential security risks.
What do think about the rise of BYOD in 2013? How is your company addressing the security risks involved with BYOD?