More CIOs Accepting BYOD

by CXOtoday Staff    May 21, 2012

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is gaining popularity in the enterprises, as a growing number of CIOs/IT managers are accepting this trend within organisations, revealed a recent Cisco IBSG Horizons Study.
The study noted that 95 percent respondents are allowing their employees to bring their own devices in the workplace in some way or the other. The Cisco study also predicted that the average number of connected devices for every knowledge worker is expected to touch 3.3 by 2014, as against the average figure of 2.8 in 2012. Moreover, 76 percent of CIOs/IT heads surveyed consider BYOD as extremely beneficial for their organisations, as this trend resulted in improved employee productivity and a greater job satisfaction.
According to Padmasree Warrior, Senior VP and CTO, Cisco, “By allowing employees to ‘work their way,’ you can attract and retain greater talent and increase worker productivity. However, as the number of devices being brought into work increases, organisations need a comprehensive mobility strategy.”
The study in fact revealed that one of the top challenges of BYOD is that it brings with it certain security and IT support complexities, especially for multiple mobile platforms. It further revealed that device proliferation requires new policy to control cost such as selecting the right governance and support models because it was found out that only 14 percent of BYOD costs are hardware-related.
In such a scenario, CIOs/IT managers are taking up adequate support and security measures to reap the significant cost and productivity benefits from the BYOD trend.
According to Dave Kennedy, Chief Security Officer, Diebold Inc., “With mobile devices, there is really no stopping the iPad, iPhone or Android device from coming in and that can raise security concerns and concerns about connecting to the network.” Kennedy added that mobile security has been a critical care for Diebold and the company has deployed Cisco’s Identity Services Engine that focuses on identity management to detect devices, understand how those devices are being used, and ensure proper security is in place to protect critical data.
The study also coincides with Cisco’s announcement of ‘Smart Solutions’ for enterprises – that can help CIOs/IT managers increase business efficiency ensuring the business is secure and IP is protected, thereby removing the cost and complexity associated with mobility.
On the whole, the latest Cisco study underscore that BYOD is here to stay, and CIOs increasingly acknowledging the need to have a more holistic approach. This means they are looking at greater scalability, security, virtualisation and network policy management to address workplace mobility.