BYOD on the rise among local councils

BYOD on the rise among local councils

The past 12 months have seen the adoption of bring your own device (BYOD) policies surge in many organisations across a number of sectors.

Its popularity has transcended into public services, particularly local public organisations, and it seems that there is no evidence of interest dying down any time soon.

A report by the Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm) has revealed that the popularity of BYOD means that many organisations are in need of establishing a rigid BYOD policy in order to deal with any subsequent challenges that may arise.

One of the most talked-about issues that has been associated with implementing a BYOD approach is security of information, as many employees are found to not have such considerations at the front of their mind when using their own devices.

Whether it be not properly encrypting data or placing the corporate network into danger by downloading dangerous apps infected with malware, security remains a source of headaches for many IT managers.

However, the report notes that users have got into the habit of emailing work to personal email accounts, which means that networks are not compromised.

It adds that the consumerisation of IT services has played a major role in the growing number of people deciding to use their own devices for work purposes, while organisations themselves have looked for increasingly effective ways in which to streamline operations and increase productivity.

At the same time, austerity is requiring organisations to maximize cost saving and efficiency and increase productivity. Advocates of BYOD argue that it makes employees happier and more productive, enables the cost savings of flexible working, and shifts the costs of acquisition and renewal of devices to employees.

Martin Greenwood, programme manager for Socitm Insight, said: “Individuals have become tech savvy and will look to circumvent ICT policies if they feel they are being hindered from doing their job.

“Socitm benchmarking data shows a significant drop in user satisfaction with ICT services where restrictions on flexible practices like BYOD have been imposed to allow connection to the Public Services Network (PSN).”