The biggest challenge with BYOD will be the diversity of devices that may connect to them, according to BAE Systems Applied Intelligence.

Asia Pacific telecoms sector director, Rajiv Shah, said the difficult will lie in transforming systems to handle this expanded load.

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"What we've seen so far is just the early stages of this revolution," he said.

"Businesses have accepted there is no longer one standard device that employees use, but just moved on to support two or three specific types of devices."

In addition to implementing systems that are device agnostic, Shah's recommendation is to provide "convenience and productivity benefits" to employees while ensuring "confidentiality and security."

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Role of the Cloud

The opportunities Shah is seeing include implement solutions that allow diversity of devices at organisations, while at the same time managing security risks in a sensible manner.

Shah said this can be achieved by moving management onto the network and into the Cloud.

"Organisations can implement products such as virtualisation platforms to provide accessibility," he said.

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Instead of simply relying on mobile device management to lock down devices, Shah said Cloud based threat detection and blocking service can help mitigate threats on the network before they reach the device.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

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