This is a very comprehensive survey of the Consumerization of IT landscape. Highly recommended for readers new to the topic.
As early as 2005, many industry analysts predicted “consumerization” — the introduction of consumer-owned/purchased devices into enterprise and business environments — would become one of the most important technology trends of the next 10 years (Gartner 2005).
Just six years later, that has already come to fruition. Employees now rely on personal smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices to send or receive corporate email, exchange sensitive information and intellectual property, and even access enterprise networks and applications.
Earlier this year, Gartner also surveyed today’s CIO to gain perspective on consumerization in the enterprise. Gartner vice president Nick Jones’ report, “CIO Attitudes towards Consumerization of Mobile Devices and Applications,” shows that U.S.-based respondents believe in two years approximately 38 percent of their employees will be using employee-purchased mobile devices in the enterprise.
This technology migration introduces several IT security challenges, including identity access management (IAM) obstacles, mobile security and authentication requirements, compliance enforcement and general security policy.