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BYOD trend will see 1bn employee owned devices in the work place by 2018

The number of employee owned smartphones and tablets in the work place is set to exceed one billion in the next five years, according to a new report.

The forecast by Juniper Research has predicted that the growing trend of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) will redefine business connectivity, but also bring with it significant concerns for employers.

The new report, Mobile Security: BYOD, mCommerce, Consumer & Enterprise 2013-2018, highlights the security problems and implications of BYOD and mCommerce. It suggests that whilst BYOD has the potential to increase employee productivity and satisfaction, employees will need to "mitigate the challenges and the risks of managing a multi-platform environment".

According to Juniper's research, more than half of all mobile devices in the US will have security apps installed by the end of 2018, as the rise in unprotected devices in the work place leads to an increase in revenue for security software.

A report last month by IT service provider NG Bailey revealed that only 13 per cent of workers in businesses with no BYOD policy are happy with their IT set up. It concluded that poor IT could be one of the most significant factors in holding British workers back from achieving their full potential.

The significance of the rise of BYOD was brought to the attention of businesses in a recent IBM study, which found that "employees are more comfortable with a personal device", whilst 83 per cent of those surveyed "considered their mobile device more important than their morning cup of coffee".

"Personal devices tend to be more cutting-edge, so the enterprise benefits from the latest features," IBM claimed in its whitepaper. "Also users upgrade to the latest hardware more frequently."