More devices are entering the workplace, causing a shift in security strategy. Utilizing IT expertise and supporting employees’ passion for new tech could prevent related concerns.

Companies Becoming More Employee-Owned Device Friendly

Traditionally, companies are more technologically conservative than individual users, but recently the trend is shifting. Over half of companies consider themselves accepting of consumer-centric tech up from 32 percent 2 years ago, according to an InformationWeek study. Employees are purchasing more devices and generally being more adventurous about trying new websites, apps and digital services. IT leaders are reacting favorable to this consumerization of IT - two-thirds of companies are benefitting from this consumerization, and only 2 percent think it distracts technical support teams from overall business strategy. 62 percent of technical professionals find end users are proactive toward or welcoming of new technology.

More supported personal devices changes enterprise security strategy

Employees and employers have very different approaches when it comes to technology. Security is a much higher concern for corporations, as are productivity and planning cycles. Users, on the other hand, value easy access to tech, and can more easily travel between supported platforms, devices and workflows.  But companies are adopting a device-friendly outlook - firms that supply more than one-quarter of their employees with iPhones rose from 6 percent to 16 percent in one year, and nearly the same amount for Android devices. With this adoption, IT organizations are increasing security practices such as device authentication and user login restriction.

User training and IT collaboration can encourage better tech uptake

The best practice for companies is to train employees to be security conscious, especially regarding privacy and personal information, and supporting their devices. Most organizations allow employees to contact IT support about non-corporate gadgets - 17 percent encourage it. Analysis favors this approach, since it ensures that the employee keeps working, and gives firms more information about how employees are using these devices. More information translates to earlier warnings of possible security issues, but there has been little increase in official support of user devices at work. Collaborating with human resources could better deliver a tech growth strategy that optimizes productivity. Providing guidance for new sites and services would also benefit teams, since employees are using them anyway.

By Ivory King