BYOD programs have caused a substantial shift in leverage over employee devices once possessed by IT departments.

The days of employees treading lightly around IT department gurus in fear of being stuck with an ancient laptop on its last leg are dwindling. Since bring your own device (BYOD) programs have made their debut in companies, IT departments are no longer the sole arbiter of the once coveted desktop computer, but rather data security and mobile asset management of personal mobile devices.

However, with every new program comes challenges. In the case of BYOD programs, significantly jeopardizing sensitive company data is one of great concern for company heads. That is where IT departments can gain back their power over electronics used company-wide.

To put into perceptive the importance of IT departments control of data security and mobile asset management within their company, here are some 2012 statics from VisualLoop

81% use a personal device for work-related functions

46% who use a personal device for work have let someone else access it

33% who use a personal device for work admit their company data/files are not encrypted

25% of employed U.S. adults have been a victim of malware or hacking on a personal device

Hardware, You’re Out.

IT department storage of hardware for employee use has gone from full service stations to merely stocking a few loaner laptops, power cords and directions to nearby mobile carriers and repair shops.

Don’t get it backwards, IT departments are by no means becoming obsolete, rather company heroes!  There is no stopping BYOD programs from entering the workplace, so it is their duty to implement data security regulations and monitor gaps in operating systems to prevent hacker attacks.

Employees in BYOD programs will soon expect IT departments to provide proper data security measures in exchange for the potential reduced cost of utilizing their own personal device.

By perceiving IT departments as a means of service, employees in BYOD programs will be more inclined to allow control over their personal devices, increasing mobile asset management and minimizing data security threats.