Since Apple released the iPhone, a wave of new mobile devices from various competitors have flooded the consumer market. The evolution of smartphones, tablets and laptops has provided end users with greater convenience and efficiency, but it has also created new hurdles for IT to jump with regard to security and regulatory issues.

The consumerization of IT has had a major impact on endpoint security and data protection, which has left many businesses flummoxed with how to tackle the associated risks. One of the greatest threats facing IT departments is the dramatic increase in the volume of data being created, stored and accessed through mobile devices. In 2012, 38 percent of CIOs expected to support the bring-your-own-device trend; now, approximately 82 percent of companies allow BYOD, according to a ReadWrite report.

A Gartner study earlier this year predicted that half of employers will require employees to supply their own devices by 2017. While BYOD is considered a trend, it has become more of a revolution, and the consumerization of IT requires new ways to mitigate security risks. Data protection and backups, along with solutions such as unified endpoint management, offer IT departments more wiggle room when dealing with daily data management requirements. By outsourcing specific tasks, vendors' services can safely and effectively store large sets of data, offer rapid recovery, 24X7 helpdesk support and implement security measures to ensure every endpoint is protected from the flood of mobile devices that connect to information containing the most mission-critical business assets.