Mobility is one of the hottest trends in technology, with cell
phones, tablets, and other mobile devices being brought to the workplace
in ever-increasing numbers. Known as “bring your own device” (BYOD),
this change is clearly here to stay.

However, many companies do
not have a formal BYOD policy, with only 24 percent reporting a plan in
place, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association’s
(CompTIA) 2nd annual Trends in Enterprise Mobility
study from February 2013. This is a 2 percent increase compared to the
previous year. However, the number of companies that plan to create a
formal policy has doubled from 20 percent to 40 percent in the past year
as employers recognize the need for such a policy.

The CompTIA
study also shows that 36 percent of companies have no policy in place,
and no plans to instill one. This goes along with our BYOD Business Strategy Survey, also completed in February 2013, which revealed that 38 percent of companies had no plans to create BOYD guidelines.

As
more employees bring their own mobile devices to work, companies must
assess the security risks and costs. By doing nothing, company security
is at risk as employees access email and other potentially proprietary
data on their mobile devices. With a policy in place, access to data is
controlled, and productivity can be extended to these devices.

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This article originally appeared on ZDNet as part of the Bring Your Own Device special feature.