The ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) phenomenon has been much written about, and certainly is widely known by anyone who has set foot in a cafe or on a train recently.

The massive popularity of smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks, media players and other devices among the general public reveals how IT has moved from the corporate desktop to the centre of people’s lives in just a few years.

While these devices are becoming more prevalent, and staff more mobile, there is strong evidence of an emerging tension within UK industry and public sector bodies. The most common response by IT departments is to ban access to company networks to all devices apart from those provided and secured by the company itself.

This is an understandable move, and in many cases a wise one. However, many believe that in the long term managing all mobile devices – including those owned by employees – rather than banning them is the way forward.

Contact Wimbledon IT to discuss how you can manage your staff use mobile and portable devices in your work environment and how you can maximize worker efficiency and minimize network vulnerabilities.