Business mobility initiatives have done more than just complicate endpoint security strategies. They have also created a generational divide between young employees and their older counterparts. Workers aged 21 to 32 may be more likely than others to circumvent restrictions on mobile devices, making it imperative that enterprises institute unified endpoint management solutions for effective security and control.

Generation Y's attitude toward bring your own device
Many employees in the Generation Y age bracket view BYOD initiatives as positive contributors to productivity and flexibility. According to a Fortinet survey summarized by ZDNet's Eileen Yu, half of Generation Y workers in Asia feel empowered by BYOD.

At the same time, some workers may be taking things too far - more than 40 percent reported using consumer cloud storage in a work context, behavior that can lead to data leakage and compliance incidents. While more than half of respondents admitted having suffered a damaging cyberattack on a personal computer, 46 percent stated that  they would violate any company policy that clamped down on mobile usage, potentially exposing the entire network to harm.

If employees do not become more serious about using devices, employers may need to step to the plate. With the emergence of a larger range of cloud based productivity apps, inexpensive storage services such Dropbox and new networked endpoints like smartwatches, businesses will need to find ways to reconcile increased connectivity with security.

"This year's research reveals the issues faced by organizations when attempting to enforce policies around BYOD, cloud application usage, and soon the adoption of new connected technologies," stated Fortinet vice president Patrice Perche. "The study highlights the greater challenge IT managers face when it comes to knowing where corporate data resides and how it is being accessed."

Companies may need help with unified endpoint management
Managing BYOD may seem like a problem exclusive to large enterprises that wrestle with thousands of endpoints and employees distributed across multiple sites. However, small and midsize businesses must also get a handle on BYOD since many of them implement policies to simplify hardware procurement.

For these smaller companies, outsourcing IT services to a provider can remove the burden of having to oversee devices and enforce security policy on their own.

"If you've got an on-site IT crew or you've outsourced your IT, talk to them about their BYOD options," advised GetConnected contributor Graham Williams. "Because BYOD is a relatively new concept not all IT houses or teams are equipped to help you make the BYOD transition."