Companies still failing to implement BYOD policies

Companies still failing to implement BYOD policies

Organisations are still dragging their heels when it comes to implementing policies for BYOD, new research has suggested.

A recent study from tyntec, which surveyed professionals from the UK, Spain and the US, found that British companies were the worst offenders, with just 18 per cent of workers claiming to be aware of their organisation having any kind of policy in place.

Those figures could be a cause for concern given that 43 per cent of British employees claimed to regularly use their mobile phone for work, often outside of outside hours, with that number much higher in both the US (61 per cent) and Spain (69 per cent).

Yet American and Spanish workers were not any more likely to be working under a BYOD policy, with only 34 per cent of US employees claiming to be aware of their organisation putting any kind of official approach together, just ahead of employees from Spain (25 per cent).

Setting up a BYOD policy is arguably essential for companies in the digital age, particularly given the fact that many of the survey's respondents are using devices with or without BYOD guidelines.

The use of BYOD is therefore inevitable, with tyntec's cofounder and chief technology officer Thorsten Trapp stating that implementing a rigid policy would help firms to increase productivity and ease any security concerns.

Data loss is not the only issue, with many companies beginning to recognise the threat to voice communications too.

Mr Trapp believes the use of virtual numbers presents the ideal solution, solving "both sides of the BYOD puzzle".

He added: “IT departments can ensure mobile governance over all communication devices and employees are granted separation. All that is required is for employees to install their corporate app enabled with virtual phone number, and simply switch to the app for work related communications.”