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Employees will be required to use their own devices in the office within the next few years

A new study published by research firm Gartner found that one significant change in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend is coming. According to the study, by 2017 half of all employers will require workers to supply their own smartphones and tablets for work needs.

The research firm believes that companies that offer company-owned smartphones or stipends to purchase your own device will become the exception among enterprise employers. 38% of all companies expect to stop providing devices to workers by 2016 according to the study. The study says that all of those companies that plan to stop providing workers with devices will expect the workers to use their own gadgets.
The study found that roughly half of all corporate environments supporting BYOD currently provide partial reimbursement for devices.

Interestingly, the study also found that companies within the United States are twice as likely to allow employees to bring their own devices to work as those in Europe. Europe currently boasts the lowest adoption of all regions for BYOD policies.
Gartner also says that workers in India, China, and Brazil are the most likely to be using their own device at the office.

Source: Computer World

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By rippleyaliens on 5/2/2013 6:40:23 PM , Rating: 2
I have my Android phone,
1. YES we can check the Corporate Email.
2. Yes, we can surf the WEB..
3. Facebook (example)..

Here is the TRAP.. Scene it MANY Times,
1- IF you send a personal Email- DURING Company Time.. TRAP (soo easy to find out)..
2- Facebook posts- Pictures (Infamous LOOK AT ME), During Company time, OR!! You took Pictures, displayed company STUFF..
3- And the Killer.. AND it sounds silly, and stupid.. YET Many a nerd, has gotten BUSTED big time..
You hit sites, that obviously were not Corp In nature.. IT MATTERS not, where\when\why, the LAW REALLY looks at HOW.. What Device.. What IP, Location, etc.. Access a Corporate App, on your own phone= The User actually WORKING, and if any other gaga=GOOONY GUU GUU..

Sounds petty, but Many have been fired for much less.. Trail of Gear, Security of gear, The list grows.. Just saying..

IF you were a boss, of say a Med- Size company.. Say 1000 users. And while walking through the office, you notice someone posting on facebook, ON Company time.
1. Do you STOP, and ask WTF..
2. Do you get the Manager involved, with said WTF..
3. Do you demand to see said users Facebook Account..

MANNNYYY Grey areas.. MANY.. Then we have to consider, Security.. ITS not like, every smartphone as Anti-Virus. Do you allow connection of an UNKNOWN Device to your Network.. NOT knowing if any Virus, or Criminal intent.. Then we have to get into, the "Whats on said Device".. What happens when Employee, leaves company. Are Companies Allowed to Examine the PHONE, or RESET the Device, based on the fact - "Corporate DATA"..

Sounds Silly, and petty.. REMEMBER.. These Devices, NOW!! Hold enough Data on them, to STEAL quite a bit of Sensitive DATA, without ANY Admin, knowing, for Days\weeks\MONTHS.. Serial Numbers of software, ALONE!!!= Massive Headache..

AND Remember.. This is a TECH Site. 99% of USERS, can barely turn on a PC, let alone, be trusted, with a device, that can Snap 1080P Videos\Pictures, of some VERY sensitive stuff..


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