CIOs better get ready for influx of tablets, smartphones

Clear BYOD policies, MDM and security technologies need to be put in place

As employees come back to work after the holiday break, they will be bringing the smartphones and tablets they received as gifts to the workplace and CIOs need to be prepared.

According to research by Park Associates, tablets along with gaming consoles and MP3 players were the most popular consumer electronics gifts for this holiday season, and smartphones were also near the top gift list.

A survey conducted by Cisco before the holiday season found that 78 percent of U.S. workers use a personal mobile device for work purposes. That number will only increase in 2014.

What does this mean for you, the CIO? It means that if you do not have a BYOD policy in place yet, you'd better get one as soon as possible. Unfortunately, a clear majority of firms do not yet have a formal BYOD policy in place, according to a survey of 4,300 IT professionals conducted last year by the Ponemon Institute on behalf of Acronis.

And that policy needs to be explained to employees. According to a survey of 4,000 U.S. and U.K. workers conducted by Ipsos MORE and commissioned by Huddle, a majority of firms do not explain BYOD policies to their employees.

In addition, CIOs will need to put in place a solution to manage and secure those devices--whether that be a mobile device management platform, a containerization solution or a combination of tools.

For more:
- see the Parks Associates' release
- check out the Ponemon/Acronis survey

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