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Survey results show employees unaware of BYOD and what the business knows

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Consumerisation worries public sector IT managers

More than three-quarters of organisations have not educated employees on ‘bring your own device' (BYOD) policies.

According to a survey of 4,300 global IT professionals by Acronis 79 per cent of companies had not educated employees on the policy, while 41 per cent did have a policy that specifies how employees may use their own devices in the workplace. Another 41 per cent said they did not have such a policy.

In terms of training employees to understand BYOD-related risks, 77 per cent of respondents said that they had not done this, while two per cent were unsure. Three-quarters (73 per cent) said that their BYOD policy applied to everyone equally.

Commenting, Richard Smith, strategic account manager at Soti, said that BYOD is so new and such a buzzword that for IT professionals they are likely not able to communicate with employees.

“I would suspect that a lot do not pass on knowledge as it is a strong word and everyone is thinking about moving, but the question is on how you move to it and put the right controls in place,” he said.

“If we are talking BYOD then you have to look at mobile device management as it is the only way to do it in a true manner.”

In a survey of 3,500 EMEA employees by Aruba Networks, one in six had not declared their personal device to the IT team, yet 34 per cent claimed that their IT department takes no steps to ensure the security of corporate files and applications on their personal devices.

Ben Gibson, chief marketing officer of Aruba Networks, said: “We are now well beyond the point of discussing BYOD as something on the horizon. It is a reality across the world and businesses need to adopt solutions that give their employees greater privacy for their personal data as well as exert greater network controls to ensure that sensitive information is not leaked, without disrupting the user experience.”

A survey of 2,997 employees by MobileIron found that 84 per cent of respondents own the smartphone they use for work purposes, but when asked 'what information on your mobile device do you think your employer can see', 41 per cent of respondents were sure their employer could not see any information on their mobile device.

The survey found that 26 per cent of users said the most important thing their employers could do was to explain in detail the purpose of seeing certain information on the device, and how they separate the personal content from work content. A further 20 per cent said that they would like their employers to ask their permission in writing before accessing anything on the device, while 18 per cent would want a promise in writing that their employers would only look at company information and not personal information.

Smith said: “BYOD is new to the market and some businesses are saying that they will look at it in ten years' time and while we see some international companies take it up, smaller companies may look to a device refresh when looking at adopting a BYOD policy.”

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