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BYOD trend on the way out

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The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) to work was all the buzz five years ago, but not so much now.

A recent online survey of U.S. IT professionals conducted by CompTIA found that 53% allowed no BYOD, up from 34% in 2013, reports Matt Hamblen in Computerworld.

Just 7% of those surveyed said they allow a full BYOD policy where the company takes no responsibility for devices. Another 40% allow a partial BYOD policy where workers can access corporate systems.

“There is a clear move toward a policy of no BYOD,” according to the comprehensive CompTIA report. Companies find they can pursue mobility initiatives just as well by providing mobile devices to workers.

Both Jack Gold at J. Gold Associates and Tim Herbert at CompTIA say many corporations thought they could save money by having workers buy their own devices and pay monthly service bills. “But that’s generally not been the case, as companies have come to realize there is no free lunch with BYOD,” Gold said.  

The report also found that companies are creating security policies that cover mobility and training employees on what uses are not permitted on smartphones and tablets.

CompTIA interviewed IT executives who said the corporate focus on mobile device management and BYOD will evolve into greater attention on the Internet of Things, largely as an extension of mobile technology capabilities.

—Adapted from “The bring-your-own-device fad is fading,” Matt Hamblen, Computerworld.

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