Businesses to increase mobility spend due to BYOD: Good Technology

Mobile security vendor finds that most businesses are outgrowing their MDM solutions

According to IDC, almost three quarters of Australian companies are planning to increase their mobility spend in 2014.

APAC partner program director at Good Technology, David Cockerham, is surprised the remaining quarter has not joined in.

“Most organisations are put in a position where they have to deal with the BYOD phenomenon, hopefully not reactively,” he said.

A lot of organisations have allowed these consumer devices into their organisations, and Cockerham said they are now looking at ways to secure them.

“It’s a very hot space in technology around the world and in Australia, and we’re seeing a lot of our business come from secure mobility,” he said.

Securing the data

The forecast from IDC suggests more enterprises are embracing mobile devices, but Cockerham said it does not come without its own challenges.

Numerous organisations adopted a mobile device management (MDM) solution a few years ago, though they may have outgrown that product over time.

Cockerham said one stumbling block for MDM has been employee opposition to any interference with their device.

“Locking down a personal device has proven to be not popular among workers,” he said.

Instead of focusing on securing the device, Cockerham said organisations are now looking at ways to secure the data itself.

“They are getting out of the game of caring about what devices are coming through the door in a BYOD environment,” he said.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

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