Businesses that want to see an increase in productivity among employees have been considering a bring your own device policy, according to a recent report from CompTIA. More than six out of 10 companies either allow or mandate that employees can bring personal devices to work, but these companies must remember to use a program, such as mobile device management, to mitigate potential security risks.

"One of the primary implications of enterprise mobility is that IT professionals can no longer exercise the same degree of control over the full system," CompTIA said in its report. "With devices that serve both business and personal needs along with applications delivered through the cloud, new questions must be asked and answered before a company can have a fully functional mobility strategy."

Numbers from this report show that 58 percent of the respondents have a mix of employee and corporate-owned devices. For 53 percent of the IT and business executives who were surveyed, the top reason to allow these devices was to increase productivity, especially for employees who were not in the office. About 12 percent said it was too difficult to stop employees from using their own devices.

Seth Robinson, director of technology analysis at CompTIA, said organizations need to address the specific needs of workers with a plan for increased mobility.

"For maximum benefit, workflow changes will need to be considered prior to evaluating workforce needs," he said, according to Computerworld. "But this is not a trivial matter, and companies will need to weigh the cost of operational disruption and change management against the potential advantages."

BYOD to see quick, big growth
The rise of BYOD is not to be ignored, as recent research by MarketsandMarkets showed that the global BYOD market will reach $181 billion by 2017 with a yearly growth of 15.2 percent from 2011 on. The industry was worth $67.2 billion in 2011, making this a big jump from previous years. The report said the growth has been due to the acceptance of BYOD from large, small and midsize businesses, as well as the introduction of smarter mobile devices and tablets, as well as mobile device management.

CompTIA said on its blog that as companies continue to mature they will realize the amount of restructuring that needs to take place to effectively use mobile devices as a company.