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350m employees with BYOD by 2017

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The number of employee-owned smartphones and tablets used in the enterprise will more than double by 2014, reaching 350-million by 2017 compared to almost 150-million this year.

This will represent almost 23% of the total installed base of consumer owned tablets and smartphones, according to a ne report from Junioper Research.

The BYOD concept has been a growing trend for some years now as employees become more accustomed to using their own mobile computing devices in their jobs, and accessing corporate assets. The rapid adoption of high end smartphones and tablets including iPhones, iPads and Android devices along with the number of easily accessible apps is driving this concept forward. Cloud based services, accessible from almost anywhere, are also a key factor, the survey finds.

The “Mobile Security Strategies: Threats, Solutions & Market Forecasts 2012-2017” report found that whilst this trend can bring productivity benefits to businesses, it also poses potential security risks. In particular, the report found that the majority of employee’s phones and smart devices did not have any form of security software loaded nor were company materials protected.

The report provides detailed assessments of the mobile security threat and the growing market for security solutions.

Report author Nitin Bhas observes: “While BYOD has become an ‘inevitable’ trend for the enterprise, businesses need to create new end-user IT policies and address the key security issues emerging. New device management policies and security measures need to be put in place.”

It also found that the public sector will be late adopters of BYOD in the market.

Western Europe will account for the highest number of consumer owned devices within the enterprise.