As industry leaders congregate at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) to discuss pressing issues facing the mobile market, bring your own device (BYOD) is clearly a top priority.

Organizations that have already implemented BYOD programs for their employees have been running into a number of problems, primarily how to handle data security and mobile asset management of sensitive company information. It has become a major topic of discussion on how to separate an employee’s personal information from company data within one device.

Leaders in the mobile and smartphone markets have realized the struggles of IT departments and have constructed ways to assist with data security and mobile asset management of consumer smartphones and tablets in the workplace.

Which companies are running the BYOD movement?

Samsung

Samsung announced at the MWC that its popular smartphone model, the Galaxy, will run two separate Andriod operating systems- one for personal use, the other for business use. With the new software, Red Bend, the operating systems are completely isolated from one another. It essentially turns a single phone into two virtual phones running on the same hardware.

Samsung also plans to introduce KNOX technology as a more enforced data security measure. Separated by a file system level encryption, IT departments with BYOD programs can better control business applications and information from data leaks, viruses and malware attacks. Currently in the trial stages, these new systems are scheduled to release in mid March.

Click here to read more about Samsung’s new software technology.

Apple

The top mobile phone seller allowed SAP to demonstrate a new application, Mobile Documents, on the Apple iPad at the MWC. The app safely brings personal and corporate documents together on one device via a single protal. Mobile Documents can also hinder sensitive company data from personal devices. IT departments can control the pushing of corporate information to persons for secure viewing and file sharing.

Click here to read more about SAP’s iPad app to improve BYOD programs.

BlackBerry

Since BlackBerry’s (previously Research in Motion) recent release of two new smartphones, the Z10 and the Q10, it has been a mystery as to whether their plan will succeed at impressing consumers. Failure of the project could be the death of BlackBerry. 

The special feature of these recently released smartphones is a dual-persona software called Balance that runs on a single version of the BlackBerry 10 operating system. Built especially for BYOD programs, the intentions are for corporate IT departments to install BlackBerry Enterprise Software on a server in order to manage Balance. This allows for a work domain to be created on a mobile device where IT departments can control the type of apps and employee is allowed to incorporate with company data.

Click here for a HOBI article about BlackBerry’s recent move toward BYOD.

BYOD only seems to be a growing trend, making mobile asset management and data security increasingly more important. As BYOD-friendly devices continue to come to market, companies will proceed with this new way of conducting business.