Tackling BYOD Security Can Be 'Full-Time Task' for Firms

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2014-06-02 Email

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is rapidly and inexorably on the rise. Devices purchased primarily for private use, including smartphones and tablets running various versions of various operating systems, are regularly used for business activities. This fusion of work and play on the same device has a major effect on company security and offers contract opportunities for hardware and service providers, according to Gartner. In December, the research firm conducted a Google online survey with 995 full- and part-time workers in the United States, all of whom use private devices for work. The recently released results indicate U.S. consumers have few security concerns when it comes to BYOD. Yet for many companies, solving BYOD security problems is a "full-time task, with a host of operational issues," Meike Escherich, principal research analyst at Gartner, wrote in a blog post. Businesses must address these issues if they hope to implement a safe, effective BYOD initiative. Here are key takeaways from the Gartner survey.


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