BYOD challenges balance between flexibility and security - study

Friday, October 21, 2011

The increasing number of personal devices that are used in the office has been pushing organizations to implement bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, according to a study by consultancy Forrester Research.

However, the study - commissioned by South African IT services provider Dimension Data - found that this trend has also presented challenges in finding a balance between flexibility and business demands to maintain control and security.

The study revealed that two-thirds of the 546 organizations surveyed have expressed interest in implementing BYOD policies.

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Although PCs remain as the main end device, between 20% and 22% of the companies claim to have provided support to their employees' computers, tablets, and smartphones, while between 16% and 21% plan to do so during the next two years, the study found.

While most of the BYOD policies are in the initial stages of implementation, the study indicates there is a growing interest of employees to push their organizations to think differently, according to Dimension Data's chief technology officer, Ettienne Reinecke.

"About 47% of the surveyed companies consider cost reductions as a key factor for implementing BYOD policies," he said.

"As companies enable their employees to use their own devices, there will also be an impact on other people and processes and corporate areas, such as policy, legal responsibility, human resources and training," Reinecke added.

In Latin America, Dimension Data has presence in Mexico, Brazil and Chile.