Businesses need to have unified endpoint security and mobile device management in place, especially when looking to have a bring your own device policy, but it may be even more important for government agencies looking to use mobile devices more extensively. Bill Prout writes on Government Security News that one city has been having some trouble keeping everything in check.

"The government of the city of Airdrie, in Alberta, Canada, … was struggling with ineffective security products that were costly to manage," Prout writes. "Failed attempts to maintain strict cost controls and difficulties with accountability and compliance led city officials to realize that their IT organization needed to upgrade its security management infrastructure systematically. They found Trojans and other infections while their existing security software was running, which led them to perform a system-wide shutdown to clean every PC on their network."

Now, the city is trying to unify security management and report access on all devices. This should help strengthen compliance and reduce costs, along with automating updates. Companies looking to do this themselves should look into mobile device management and what it can do for them.

According to numbers from Forrester, 8 percent of North American companies support all kinds of personal devices while 28 percent do not support any. Companies should not fight the bring your own device policy trend, as employees will likely use their phones whether businesses like it or not.