More than three-quarters of businesses in Europe are prepared to meet employee demands for personal device use.
A survey of 2,245 office workers from across Europe by Trend Micro found that 83 per cent would allow their employees to access company emails via their mobile device, but only ten per cent would allow employees to access mobile games or social media.
The survey also found that while 72 per cent of companies have personal technology policies in place, 25 per cent of them believe their employees do not adhere to them.
Trend Micro said businesses prioritise blocking staff from accessing social networks and instant messaging, over securing mobile devices that have the potential to put company data at risk.
Cesare Garlati, director of consumerisation at Trend Micro, said: “Companies need to wise up to the different threat levels of an employee wasting time on social media sites versus an employee losing an entire new business pipeline, or exposing the soft underbelly of the organisation's business systems, by leaving their mobile device in a pub or on a train. There's also a significant level of ambiguity when it comes to who is responsible for managing the security of personal devices.
“Those responsible for managing IT within a business must adopt a three-pronged approach to security; know the risks, work proactively and think strategically. Employees don't ask the IT department's permission to use a device any more, they just go ahead and use it.”
The survey also found that 54 per cent of respondents would allow access to company intranet and 11 per cent would allow access to corporate strategy and planning documents; however, only ten per cent would allow employees to access mobile games.
The personal devices with the potential to put company data at risk were deemed as laptops (76 per cent), tablets (30 per cent) and smartphones (57 per cent). Just over half (59 per cent) of respondents perceived the risk of loss or theft of corporate data to be their primary concern, followed by personal privacy issues (40 per cent) and the mingling of personal and corporate data (38 per cent).