A high proportion of local authorities in England do not have a “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) policy in place.
Recent research from managed services provider (MSP) Annodata found that 42 percent of district councils in England don't have a BYOD policy in place.
According to Annodata, without a BYOD policy in place, these organisations may be leaving themselves exposed to the risk of data leakage and any benefits to be had from BYOD will be lessened.
A Freedom of Information (FoI) request was issued to 79 district councils in England.
Controlling who has access to company data, and from what devices, is set to become even more important with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect in May 2018.
“BYOD can bring clear benefits in the form of greater flexibility and increased productivity. However, any gains to be had from BYOD will be null and void if there is not a clear policy to accompany this,” said Joe Doyle, marketing director at Annodata.
“The public sector in particular needs to approach BYOD with due diligence and special emphasis needs to be placed on security when employees are using their own devices to access an organisation's data.
“A BYOD strategy should be top of the agenda for organisations that don't currently have one in place. Considering the digital workflow is becoming more important than ever, seamless printer access is just one way that BYOD can enable the local authorities to be more productive and efficient,” Doyle concluded.