The bring your own device trend has been growing larger and John Mello wrote on TechNewsWorld that organizations have to find a balance for dealing with risk in these programs. He spoke with security and mobile professional Caleb Barlow, who said the first step is to protect the device. Mobile device management could help organizations deal with all of the devices on their network.

"That includes everything from provisioning and deprovisioning a device to insuring that you have a way, if the device is stolen, to wipe - in a legally defensible way - the enterprise data off it," he said. "You want to wipe corporate information but not obliterate the pictures of someone's child or their wedding."

Another important aspect, according to Barlow, is protecting the data moving on and off the device. While this is much like what happens when employees use laptops, he said the virtual private network aspect now needs to move more toward the application so they can be kept safe.

A recent report from Check Point found that 52 percent of large businesses said a mobile security incident has cost them more than a half million dollars in the past year. For small companies with less than 1,000 employees, these incidents cost $100,000. Security cannot and should not be ignored as part of a mobile policy.