A report from Juniper Research estimates that the number of employee-owned smartphones and tablets used in the enterprise will exceed one billion by 2018, further expanding BYOD. Looked at from another perspective, 35% of all consumer-owned devices will be used for work. These figures mirror those released by Gartner earlier this year suggesting that half of employers will require employees to supply their own devices for work by 2017.
With employees working anytime, anywhere, and both storing corporate data as well as accessing the cloud, there are many data risks at play. The Juniper report identifies several mobile risks, from the 80% of smartphones that remain completely unprotected as well as the growth in mobile malware. Juniper's research notes that the growth in the mobile security market is being driven by the enterprise response to BYOD and the need for MDM.
Despite the growth in BYOD, we are also seeing a growing body of research, including our own, suggesting that corporately-owned-personaly-enabled (CoPE) devices, which balance corporate-liability issues with the benefits of BYOD, offers a more realistically manageable option and that CoPE may be gaining traction in businesses. It will be interesting to see how the predictions for BYOD and CoPE play out over the next couple of years.