Users driving the BYOD agenda

The bring your own device (BYOD) trend is one that customers are seeing as almost unstoppable with end users driving the agenda. As a result of the growth of BYOD many CIOs are having to embrace it and are viewing it as a way of saving money although considerations of the security risks are rising,


The bring your own device (BYOD) trend is one that customers are seeing as almost unstoppable with end users driving the agenda.

As a result of the growth of BYOD many CIOs are having to embrace it and are viewing it as a way of saving money although considerations of the security risks are rising, according to research from CIO Connect.

Nick Kirkland, CEO at CIO Connect, said that in its last survey of the market BYOD had emerged as a major theme and that had continued with more companies making it an option for staff.

He said that although it posed risks to organisations forcing them to ensure data was protected it was being seen by some as a way of cutting costs.

"A number of CIOs are seeing it as a way of saving money. When it comes to necessary security it changes the conversation and the CIO must be sure it is working," he said.

The theme of BYOD as a main talking point at a Check point roundtable earlier this month where vendors, resellers and lawyers agreed that a strategy must be formally rolled out and security put at the top of the list before staff were encouraged to bring in their own devices.

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