BYOD adoption hampered by policy issues

BYOD adoption hampered by policy issues

The adoption of bring your own device (BYOD) is being held back in a number of companies due to restrictive or invasive approaches to privacy in the management of devices and applications.

That is the main finding of a new survey conducted by Bitglass, which claims that while BYOD is widely backed by employees, many workers are still concerned about how such a policy is implemented within their workplace.

Indeed, 67 per cent of employees said they would participate in a BYOD program if their employer could guarantee the protection of corporate data, but at the same time was not able to access, alter or delete personal information and applications.

Failure to meet these demands, which sometimes land outside a traditional mobile device management (MDM) strategy, can often be a deal breaker.

Just over half (57 per cent) of employees and 38 per cent of IT professionals claim they would be unwilling to participate in their company's BYOD program if personal data and applications remained visible to their employer.

Nat Kausik, chief executive officer at Bitglass, said: "BYOD holds great promise for employee productivity and cost savings, but architectural challenges introduced by the first wave of solutions have inhibited adoption.

"Going forward, BYOD programs must comprehensively address privacy concerns while allowing users to maintain control over their personal data. Agentless, data-centric mobile security solutions solve these challenges and represent the next-generation of mobile security".

Security remains a massive issue for advocates of mobile working, with this latest survey claiming that 28 per cent of organisations are still not doing anything to protect corporate data on mobile devices.

Bizarrely, 40 per cent of security administrators do not participate in the same mobile policies they implement within their own organisation.

The research will give many businesses plenty of food for thought when it comes to securing data, particularly in an age where flexible and mobile working practices are gaining popularity.