BYOD Trends to Watch in 2021

11 February 2021 | Posted by Don Kiernan

Throughout 2020, organizations have embraced Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives like never before. Remote working, Bring Your Own Network (BYON) developments, and the proliferation of IoT technologies have instigated widespread change.

This has encouraged enterprises to find new ways to service staff, collaborate with dispersed teams, and use digital devices for continued success. 

As BYOD continues to evolve, enterprises will need to reevaluate their existing policies to cater to emerging trends and keep up with an ever-evolving digital environment. 

Here are some of the key trends to look out for in 2021 and beyond. 

1. BYOD & 5G Creating the New IoT

In 2021, the continued rise in remote working will drive the convergence of existing BYOD and 5G trends into a IoT megatrend.

As 5G finally regains momentum, it will power a diverse fleet of smart, connected IoT devices that employees can utilize to get their jobs done at home or in the office.

These devices already include enhanced wearables, digital assistants, and more.  However, the speed, resilience, and availability of 5G is poised to create new categories of smart BYOD 'things' that will need to be managed alongside existing tools and applications.

It's estimated that there will be 35 billion connected 'things' by the end of 2021. Organizations will need to rethink their existing BYOD policies to cater for the explosion of IoT devices, in addition to managing the associated costs.

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2. Widespread Growth of BYON Initiatives

Another trend that has rapidly gathered pace is Bring Your Own Network (BYON). Throughout 2020, enterprises were forced to get comfortable with the prospect of long-term remote working. And in part, this has included allowing employees to use personal devices and networks to stay productive. 

In 2021, we expect enterprises to implement BYON initiatives to control expenses and eliminate the risks that are inherent with staff using their own providers. BYON allows remote employees to use their home networks to access their work, while allowing for broadband subsidies to be paid directly to their internet service provider, automatically.

Building on the widespread success of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) solutions, BYON simplifies supporting these workforce needs and provides a seamless administration of the costs. 

Remote working is becoming a staple across the world. BYON presents an exciting new solution for businesses looking to embrace change and maximize the potential of their remote workforce. 

3. Compliance & End-user Understanding

The proliferation of devices has widened potential security gaps for many enterprises. And with diminishing organizational boundaries, employees have become the new security perimeter. In the coming year, one of the biggest challenges of managing BYOD will be effectively balancing the protection and compliance of corporate data, while still ensuring effective mobility for device users. 

To address these challenges, a Unified Endpoint Management solution can help give enterprises the visibility and control they need to stay on top of compliance demands.

All corporate data is secured via encryption, and authentication is required to access the data. This means only the right people with the right credentials can reach sensitive content. UEM also offers a wealth of tools to push out automatic updates, manage security, and control all devices from a single, centralized location. 

Additionally, in 2021 and beyond, employees need educating on the inherent risks of new device initiatives as remote working becomes the norm. Enterprises will need to consider:

  • How will developments in emerging technology like 5G and IoT affect policies? 
  • Are the right services in place to gain visibility and control of all devices?
  • What information, guidance, and educational resources do employees have access to?

As BYOD popularity continues to surge, ensuring compliance and security of all corporate assets while not encroaching on users’ personal behaviours is going to prove challenging throughout 2021. 

Can Your BYOD Policy Keep Up with Global Change? 

As your organization’s mobility framework embraces the future of BYOD, it's important to have the right strategy in place to ensure resilience in the face of future challenges. 

For everything you need to know about writing a comprehensive BYOD policy that works for your organization, download our guide today. 

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