BYOD Is On the Rise, But Who's Watching the Store?

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 01-09-2014 Email

The bring your own device (BYOD) phenomenon has swept the globe, according to new data from SailPoint, a security firm. In fact, the company's survey of 400 IT leaders in the U.S. and U.K. reveals that not only is BYOD being widely embraced by the corporate world, but many firms around the world are mandating that employees bring their own products into the office to accomplish their work. (To say that's a dramatic shift in the way businesses have operated in the last two decades is a huge understatement.) However, with such a drastic change comes numerous challenges. And in the case of BYOD, the biggest challenge for companies is trying to keep up with the changing times. "Many organizations are struggling to manage 'who has access to what?' across the enterprise," says SailPoint founder Jackie Gilbert. "And as our survey indicates, the growing adoption of cloud and mobile technologies is making the problem significantly worse. It's pretty clear that if you're not proactively managing cloud and mobile access today, you're at increased risk of fraud, data theft and security breaches." Just how far behind the enterprise is when it comes to handling BYOD-related security issues might just surprise you.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at


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