BYOD: Big security, small devices

Enterprises may be ready for BYOD, but most consumer devices aren't, so vendors are adding high-level security features to their new and upcoming product

The analysts have a term for it: BYOD, or "bring your own device." IT managers have their own term for it: Trouble.

Once, mobile devices were exclusively issued -- and managed -- by a company's IT department. With the broadening of the mobile device market -- and with stylish, powerful smartphones and tablets becoming commodity products -- can you blame anyone for wanting to use theirs for work?

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The whole question of how to secure those devices in the first place is a spur for both innovation and controversy. The good news: The most recent wave of mobile devices for the consumer reveals that device makers are conscious of this issue, and turning more attention towards adding enterprise security features. The bad news: There are still plenty of devices in circulation without such security.

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