BYOD? How About BYOA?
It appears that Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has now given way to Bring Your Own Application (BYOA). Ovum, recently released the results of a survey that reported that 89% of the 5,187 full-time mobile employees use consumer synch and storage tools at work, despite the security risks. A mere 9 percent are satisfied with the commercial tools provided by the IT department, according to the global analyst firm.
More than one-fourth of employees using file sync and storage technology employ three or more consumer and/or commercial products to get work done, while 44 percent of respondents are not using file sync and share tools, relying instead on email and memory sticks to transfer data.
This is now becoming an issue with security and admin folks in a cloud environment. More or less a free-for-all with users loading and using what they feel are productivity tools, but are presenting security risks. Tough to control. Organizations are going to need to step up to the plate and decide how much risk they are willing to take.