Embracing “Bring Your Own Device”: Balancing the Risks of Security Breaches with the Benefits of Agile Work Practices

Embracing “Bring Your Own Device”: Balancing the Risks of Security Breaches with the Benefits of Agile Work Practices

James Blaisdell (National University of Ireland – Galway, Ireland), Michael Kelly (National University of Ireland – Galway, Ireland), Michael Lang (National University of Ireland – Galway, Ireland), Kieran Muldoon (National University of Ireland – Galway, Ireland) and Joe Toner (National University of Ireland – Galway, Ireland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6134-9.ch006
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Abstract

People today have greater access to information than ever previously thought possible, and through the acquisition of knowledge feel, they have more control and certainty in their lives. New usages of IT, the expansion of smart phones and tablets, and the arrival of the Internet generation in the job market now mean that the separation between private life and professional life has become muddled. A challenge for modern organisations is whether to allow employees to use their own devices or attempt to halt this advancing tide. Although there is some disagreement about the drivers and perceived benefits, an increasing number of organisations are beginning to accept the practice of “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD). In view of this emerging trend in the modern workplace, this chapter outlines a number of risk control and mitigation strategies that organisations may consider adopting to address the challenges associated with BYOD that lie ahead.
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Background

A recent survey by Avenade (2012) of more than 600 executives, business unit leaders and IT decision-makers across 17 countries examined the extent to which the younger generation of workers are influencing the consumerisation of IT, their brand preferences, and the willingness of business leaders to embrace the BYOD trend. In short, this report dispels the myth that IT professionals and business leaders are resisting the consumerisation of IT and the trend towards acceptance of BYOD. On the contrary, it appears that more and more enterprises are embracing these notions and are incorporating BYOD into their ongoing business practices. The report also illustrates a pervasive shift in the use of consumer technologies in the workplace and significant IT investments being made to manage this trend. Globally, 88% of executives report that employees are using their own personal computing technologies for business purposes today. These findings are consistent with those of a number of other industry reports. A recent international survey of CIOs by Gartner (2013) found that 38% of companies expect to stop providing devices to workers by 2016. The trend is even more pronounced in “high-growth” developing markets (e.g. Brazil, Russia, India, UAE, Malaysia) where 75% of employees use their own device at work, as opposed to about 44% in the more developed nations (Ovum, 2012).

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