BYOD: Sleepless nights ahead for CIOs, IT personnel

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Recently, Gartner polled an impressive number of chief information officers, 2,053 to be exact, to find out what their business and technology priorities and concerns are for the coming year.

While mobile technology ranked second in terms of technology priorities, it ranked first in terms of how disruptive it will be to the enterprise.

No doubt this concern about disruption stems from the flood of personally owned mobile devices into the workplace, whether approved by CIOs or not.

The survey also found that IT budgets have been flat, despite the explosion of mobile devices in the workplace over the last couple of years. The CIOs surveyed oversee a combined $230 billion in IT budgets.

Thus, CIOs are faced with greater support and security demands from BYOD with the same level of resources--a recipe for disaster. No wonder they can't sleep at night. For some, the acronym CIO has come to stand for "career is over."

It is not only mobile technology that concerns CIOs, but also big data, social media and the public cloud. These technologies by themselves are disruptive, but combined, they could overwhelm overtaxed and underfunded IT departments.

Another survey, this time of information security professionals conducted by Frost & Sullivan, found that IT security managers do not think their companies fully understand the security implications of allowing employees to bring their personal devices to work. What they really fear are mobile applications and cloud-based systems.

Mobile device manufacturers do not see security as a priority. Rather, they are interested in attracting the attention of the consumer market with the latest gee-whiz gadget, a sleek design and a good user experience.

But security has to be a top concern for CIOs and IT personnel. The challenges posed by BYOD for enterprises will only keep multiplying. There will be many sleepless nights ahead for those folks. - Fred