Bring your own device (BYOD) is a practice that has been around for years. Computer Business review estimates that 760 million tablets will be sold worldwide by the end of 2016, with more than 30 per cent of those in the enterprise. What is more, it is predicted that in the future tablets are more likely to be recycled among users, rather than scrapped, as it is with desktops. Recognizing the longer life cycle of mobile devices, companies embraced the BYOD protocols among their employees aiming at increased productivity.
The next natural step was a new approach abbreviated as CYOD (choose your own device), which kept all the benefits of BYOD, upgrading them increased security control, by limiting the potential devices employees may use. In 2015, a new trend is emerging. Bring-your-own-Internet-of-things (BYOIoT) involves more wearable devices that will be used by employees, which will ultimately expose the enterprise to a whole new light of potential security concerns.
It is unavoidable that mobility will continue to be one of game-changing elements of business. Any organization that intends to stay on the surface will need to develop infrastructure solutions that support and integrate the mobile onslaught. Some of the predictions are:
Mobility as a stimulant
Mobility is something people crave for, in their private as well as working environments. It might be a long shot, but it is not hard to visualize a company that fails to keep the best people within by failing to implement infrastructure solutions that facilitate flawless mobility and data access.
Wave of business mobile apps
The year 2015 will inevitably bring more native applications for mobile devices. It is not new that enterprise applications are the IT life force behind any organization. New trends will incorporate third-party vendors that are capable of implementing ubiquitous vps hosting and infrastructure solutions which employ business mobile applications.
Multiple identity issue
One of the issues that unavoidably follows the multiple applications and devices is multiple identity access. And while enterprise applications definitely require higher level of security, users won’t be thrilled if they had to remember several passwords at once. Ensuring that employees are not overloaded with logon information details is something companies will need to work out with their cloud providers.
The year of BYOIoT
In this year, we can expect the rise of BYOIoT, which means that businesses will need to alleviate their security protocols to the level that is suitable for dealing with rapid introduction of many new user devices, as well as introduction new policies to govern them.
One of serious problems with mobile devices in 2014 were numerous malware attacks that were targeting specifically the emerging mobile platforms. With the increase of mobile, there are no indications that this trend will plummet in 2015. This will be another task for organizations if they want to ensure that the mobile security of their devices is moving along with the new threats.
Evolved data control
It is inevitable that data control moves in the direction that organizations could only access the corporate data on an employee’s device. IT departments will have to accept the fact that private material will be off-limits.
If more mobile devices are introduced in an organization, more network bandwidth will be consumed. And unless the existing infrastructure can keep the additional load, the business will suffer. This is the reason why ultrafast network performance will be one of the key points in BYOD in 2015.
Stagnation of BYOD
As an unexpected exception to other trends, it is believed that BYOD as such will not grow in 2015. The reasons behind is that minimal cost-savings and additional security risks may force organizations to decide for in-house provided devices. One way or another, the existing demand and total security are still the main tasks that infrastructure solutions will have to solve.
About the Author
Dan Radak is a web hosting security professional with ten years of experience. He currently works with a number of companies in the field of online security, closely collaborating with a couple of e-commerce companies. He is also a coauthor on several technology websites.