Employers failing to communicate BYOD policies

Employers failing to communicate BYOD policies

A lack of communication between companies embracing the bring your own device (BYOD) trend and the workers who are actually using their personal devices is causing some issues with security practices.

Failing to inform employees of the mobile device management policies in place can be a problem for businesses and a GLOBO survey recently discovered that many companies are failing to let their staff know how their mobile device will be managed.

The survey found that 14 per cent of respondents were unaware of whether or not their firm had a BYOD policy in place, with 91 per cent also clueless when it came to future plans to implement a clear policy.

"With the significant number of employees already using their personal devices for work, companies should be focused on creating a BYOD programme and policies that fit the specific needs of the company. The next important step is to communicate the policy to employees and make sure that they understand their rights and the rights of the company," Globo's vice president of business development and marketing Aggelos Grypaios said in a statement.

"Defining and managing a BYOD strategy that protects the security of the employee and the employer will keep companies competitive in the market by creating a mobile workforce."

Perhaps the most satisfying fact to emerge from the study was that 69 per cent of employees questioned said that they would not consider breaking a company policy in regards to BYOD even if they knew that they would not get caught, indicating that workers are concerned about exposing their company to risk of data loss or theft.

However, with 93 per cent of respondents saying they would not participate in a BYOD program if the IT department clearly stated they would have access to their employee's personal information such as emails and contacts.

Implementing the latest mobile device management means that workers can separate their work and personal data, which means that a firm can delete any corporate information, without removing personal contact and images.