I’ve just googled “Bring Your Own Device” and “BYOD” and got more than 150 million results. It’s fair to say that this is a hot topic. The industry has long agreed - the BBC included Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in its 2012 technology predictions (or at least one of its commentators did) and did so again for 2013.

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    In a relatively short period of time (Wikipedia claims the term was coined in 2009) BYOD has become a well-used business term – both at enterprise level and in the small- and medium-sized business (SMB) space where AVG Business operates. Many of us want to use our own device for work purposes, so businesses of all sizes need to allow their employees to do so. Consequently, it’s up to us and our partners to enable this by making the BYOD ecosystem secure.

    I am old enough to remember when I had to crawl under a desk to plug an ethernet cable into the back of a PC tower. Security in those days meant four walls and a locked door.

    Today users want the flexibility and speed that cloud apps bring, often on their own smartphone or tablet. As I said in my last blog, Dropbox, Gmail and Skype are very popular tools which help businesspeople do what businesspeople do best – run their businesses.  But how secure are they?

    Our job at AVG Business, through our partners is to give our customers the right tools to do just that, to make technology simple and secure, and to enable them to have control over their business.

    I am hugely looking forward to presenting at AVG Business’s Mobile Security Forum at Mobile World Congress next week – I will be talking about BYOD in the context of the SMB community and discussing how we’ll introduce control and flexibility so that businesspeople can concentrate on their core business.