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The consumerization of IT, meaning the use of consumer services and devices in the workplace, has in recent years accelerated worldwide. Employees are using services, such as social media, as well as consumer devices like laptops, mobile phones, and tablets in the workplace – a phenomenon known as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). With BYOD employees are allowed – and sometimes encouraged – to bring their personally-owned devices to work and use those devices to access company resources, such as files and applications. For many organizations, embracing BYOD can help businesses improve productivity, as well as reduce costs associated with deploying and supporting company-issued assets. At same time, BYOD also comes with management and security concerns.
Our Trust in Computing survey, conducted in nine countries for Microsoft by comScore found that BYOD has gained wide acceptance in several countries, with 78% of organizations allowing employees to bring their own computers to the office for work purposes, and 31% subsidizing purchases of employee-owned computers for work use. There were some interesting variations among the nine countries surveyed. For example, Chinese companies were the most likely (86%) to allow BYOD, and Japanese companies the least likely (30%).
Other interesting findings in the research were:
More information on the results from part one of the Trust in Computing study can be found here.
While BYOD may increase employee satisfaction and productivity, it also comes with security implications, as IT departments can lose some of the control they have traditionally exercised over managed resources. There are frequent reports of sensitive customer or employee data being compromised as a result of a laptop being taken from an unlocked car, or company data being compromised by an employee misplacing a smartphone. IT administrators need to have BYOD policies in place to protect data no matter where it resides—even on devices that aren’t owned or managed by the company.
Recognizing the benefits of BYOD, Microsoft has designed our products and services with BYOD-friendly policies in mind. We offer detailed guidance for enterprises, and specific guidance for administrators of Windows networks below:
The Trust in Computing survey was designed to help measure current levels of trust in technology products and services in terms of security and privacy; and to identify where concerns may be slowing down technology adoption. comScore surveyed 4,500 consumers, IT professionals, and developers in including Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. For more on the results from part one of this study, I encourage you to download the information here.
Tim RainsDirectorTrustworthy Computing