Thirty eight per cent of CIOs believe that buying desktops will become obsolete in the next five years, according to a survey from Intrinsic Technology. The surveyed CIOs were from companies with 1,000 or more employees, across multiple sectors, and almost three quarters said that desktop purchasing will eventually be a thing of the past, paving the way for bring your own device (BYOD) policies. However, BYOD security is proving a stumbling block, with 30% of CIOs believing that the security they currently apply to mobile devices would not satisfy an auditor.
"BYOD introduces multiple devices and operating systems into the office," said Adam Jarvis, chief executive, Intrinsic Technology, "making for a complex IT landscape. This may be one reason why IT managers are dissatisfied with their security policies. Methods of management therefore have to change. It's only going to become more difficult to maintain a secure multifaceted infrastructure, so outsourcing IT management to firms that can prioritise security is an increasingly attractive proposition for businesses."
The research was carried out to examine current trends and opinions surrounding BYOD schemes, said Intrinsic. It has previously been argued that the traditional desktop PC is on the way out, and the results substantiate this claim, the company argues.
"The challenge for companies now is to create a secure infrastructure that can accommodate mobile devices and a BYOD policy-at present mobile security standards are not high enough. The businesses that do it sooner will find themselves in a much stronger position as desktop provision becomes the exception rather than the rule."
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