The number of businesses embracing the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) revolution boomed in 2014, according to the results of a recent survey.
Published on January 4th, the Tech Pro Research report – entitled Wearables, BYOD and IoT: Current and Future Plans in the Enterprise – revealed that almost three-quarters (74 per cent) of organisations worldwide have now adopted BYOD, or else plan to do so within the next 12 months.
For comparison, a 2013 survey from the firm found that only 44 per cent of enterprises permitted employees to use personal smartphones and tablets for work, while a slim 18 per cent had hopes to roll out a BYOD policy by 2014.
However, as the BYOD trend edges towards maturity, another disruptive force is starting to rear its head in the enterprise: the emergence of wearable devices.
Fewer than a third (29 per cent) of the respondents in the Tech Pro survey had factored smartwatches, wristbands and headsets into their BYOD policies, while 60 per cent admitted they were “not sure yet” how to govern this new wave of technological innovation.
Meanwhile, the research showed that internet of things devices are enjoying steady uptake in the enterprise, with 43 per cent of organisations worldwide either using or planning to use them with the next 12 months.
As for those businesses that had ruled out new working practices predicated on mobile and wearable devices, almost four-fifths (78 per cent) described security concerns as the main reason for their decision.
Other common barriers included IT support concerns (cited by 49 per cent of respondents), lack of control over hardware (45 per cent), loss of device standardisation (45 per cent) and regulatory compliance issues (39 per cent).
Many of these reasons relate to the fact that governing employee-owned devices is uncharted territory for most organisations, creating new threats to information security and new challenges vis a vis data recovery.
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