Businesses of all sizes are considering a bring your own device policy. It no longer has to do with how mature the business is but instead how many devices employees have and the endpoint security needed to protect company data. ITWorld said employees are involved in the process of BYOD, but both pros and cons need to be kept in mind when implementing a program.

"There are some obvious benefits to the worker getting to use his or her own device at work, particularly flexibility and convenience," the news source said. "Employees can choose the device (do you prefer iPhone or Android? Windows Phone or BlackBerry) and don’t have to be saddled with multiple devices (who wants to carry around two smartphones?). But it’s not all wine, roses and Twinkies; there are some potential gotchas that you BYODers should be aware of, if you aren’t already."

ITWorld said employees must be aware that they lose a bit of control with a BYOD program, as they won't be able to do whatever they want on their personal devices while at work. Employees must also consider that there may be compromises with regard to privacy especially if a device is lost or stolen. Companies should document their mobile policies when implementing a BYOD program to make potential compromises clear to their workers.

For companies, TechTarget said devices must be registered before they come onto a network. They must also be routinely updated and encrypted for the best possible endpoint security, so a mobile device management system may be required to enforce data encryption and other policies.