With the ever-growing trend of Mobile, we posed some interesting topics to Symantec experts and Influencers in this field to gather expert opinions on the topic of Consumerisation of IT, The Influx of consumer technology into business. Join our conversation below as we are eager to find out what your opinion and recommendations are.
The Consumerisation of IT: The influx of consumer technology into business.
More and more people are bringing personal devices into their place of work. Smartphones, tablets and other handheld technologies were originally purchased for personal use. Now, in the new era of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), they are increasingly being used to access companies’ databases, networks and email servers.
BYOD is also part of a wider trend—the consumerisation of IT—whereby consumer technologies are starting to proliferate in the enterprise sector like bindweed. This consumerisation extends to the use of social media, cloud storage and BYOD. Employers that encourage BYOD are thinking over the horizon: staff gain access to the most up-to-date technology and the company doesn’t have to foot the bill for it either.
It’s not all good news though. There remain serious security issues with these personal consumer devices. As the name suggests, they are not built with enterprise security in mind. One malicious app may be all it takes for an executive’s smartphone to be hacked, and from there on, corporate espionage is only a few clicks away.
Businesses remain in the dark about who is downloading what, and what sort of mobile security applications—if any—employees have. What remains to be seen is how enterprise can take back visibility and control, so that the risk consumer devices pose can be minimised in order find a balance between flexibility and security in the workplace.
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