Many firms are considering adopting a bring-your-own-computer (BYOC) policy as the end of support for Windows XP looms and cloud computing renders the need for common platforms irrelevant.
Mark Brown, director of information security at EY (formerly Ernst and Young), told V3 the rise of BYOC is happening organically, but its timing around the end of XP support was giving it greater relevance.
“It’s not necessarily just because of the end of XP support, as many businesses have recognised that staff are working at home, on machines with modern operating systems, and these can be used as work devices,” he said.
“Firms are now looking at this as a route to challenge the traditional way of thinking and not having to incur unbudgeted costs for rapid upgrades, which is fraught with issues too.”
He said he has spoken with several major firms considering this approach. “I know of a couple of big multi-nationals that have done BYOD for mobile and are now actively looking at the business case for BYOC,” he said.
“There is a blurring of the boundaries around how firms consider device use and I think for many firms as long as they can secure the end points, they’re happy for staff to use their own devices.”
Brown said he was unable to name the firms but said they operated in “unregulated” industries, giving them more freedom to try new methods of working.
Furthermore, the rise of cloud computing services within businesses, was making the use of numerous different devices more feasible.
“The need to have a standardised platform for devices in an enterprise is irrelevant because the standard environment you are accessing from the device is a cloud service,” he said.
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