Over 60% of companies still do not have policies for BYOD

Over 60% of companies still do not have policies for BYOD

Nearly two-thirds (60 per cent) of companies do not have an effective bring your own device (BYOD) policy in place, according to a recent study.

Research conducted by the Ponemon Institute for Acronis surveyed over 4,300 IT professionals across a total of eight countries.

It revealed that even among the companies that did manage to implement a clear and direct policy for BYOD, 24 per cent admitted that they made exceptions for executives.

Anders Lofgren, director of mobility solutions for Acronis, said in a statement: "BYOD is a huge opportunity for companies, but our research shows troubling signs of negligence in the face of these dangers.

"However, with policies and solutions that manage the flow of data between multiple devices and environments, companies can practice safe BYOD with confidence."

One of the main areas of concern to be highlighted was the issue of security and protection of data, which has long been the cause of headaches for IT managers working within an enterprise employing a BYOD strategy.

The study found that many companies lacked even the most basic security elements, including password protection for devices, which was often left to individual users, rather than the business itself.

In fact, only 31 per cent of firms claimed that their employees were required to lock their devices, while only 21 per cent admitted to wiping data on devices when workers left.

Mr Lofgren said: "There are simple security precautions that can be easily implemented – and these are the kinds of steps companies need to take as the BYOD movement continues to infiltrate SMBs and enterprises alike."

Another simple measure is to simply educate employees about what it takes for a BYOD strategy to be successful. According to the survey, a staggering 80 per cent of companies admitted to not bothering to explain how to properlyimplement BYOD within their network.

While observing such basic policies can help to ensure security, employers can also help protect their network by improving its structure and the software itself, which are two of the biggest factors needed in creating a successful mobile device management (MDM) approach to BYOD.