Mobile Trends: 50% of Companies Will Require BYOD by 2017

Employers are embracing mobile workforce trends in greater numbers and encouraging employees to use their own mobile devices for work – a strategy called bring your own device (BYOD). But even more companies are taking things a step further and forcing employees to use their own mobile phones rather than company-supplied ones for their jobs. A recent report from Gartner predicts that by 2017, half of all companies will require employees to provide their own mobile devices for work.

While there are many benefits of BYOD, including supporting an increasingly mobile workforce and reducing company costs, there are risks as well. Security becomes even more important when employees connect through different networks, unknowingly download malicious apps or attempt to upload sensitive company data to cloud services such as Box, Google Docs and more.

Protecting against these threats requires more than simple device management tools that allow you to configure settings and locate, lock and wipe compromised devices. The ability to ensure web security, data loss prevention and real-time threat detection (all features of our NetGuard tool) becomes necessary.

What mobile security features are most important to you? Let us know in the comments.

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