The bring your own device trend seems to be spreading whether organizations adopt a policy for it or not, but according to a recent report by Cisco and BT, a mere 36 percent of businesses said they have a policy already in place. While only 16 percent said they have no plans for a policy, 32 percent said they're looking into it for the next year, 11 percent in the next 12 to 24 months and 5 percent said they will likely take more than two years to get a BYOD plan in place.

Rachel King wrote on ZDNet that the number of organizations that had not addressed BYOD was a concern for security researchers, as security is a big issue when employees start bringing their own devices. With that in mind, the report found that nearly one-third of companies have already experienced a security breach due to unauthorized devices. Nearly half said security concerns are what prevented them from the adoption of BYOD, but this may be an issue where they may have problems to deal with either way.

Additional statistics from this report showed:
- 82 percent said they have dealt with security risks after adopting BYOD, making some of the security concerns organizations have valid
- 84 percent believe having BYOD in place gives them a competitive edge in the  market
- 34 percent said they allow employees to bring devices in a limited fashion, such as having a list of accepted devices

Forbes contributor Gene Marks said having a limited BYOD plan may seem like a good idea, but controlling devices like this can lead to what he says is a "lousy corporate culture."

"Does it cost more money to support multiple devices?  Sure it does," he wrote. "But really, what's best for the employees? What will help them do their job better? What will make them most productive? Maybe the extra cost for that additional IT person will result in 10 more billable hours a month for that attorney or five more orders placed this week from that salesperson. Thank goodness my business, and most small businesses, don't have to deal with this."

Simply having a policy isn't good enough, Marks warned. Organizations need to have something in place that will allow employees to do their job in the best way possible without limitations, so businesses should try to figure out a way they can implement mobile device management solutions but still allow workers to get work done easily.