BYOD saving money for businesses

BYOD saving money for businesses

Companies adopting a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategy are saving an average of £150,000 over the course of a five-year period, new research has claimed.

A study conducted by Landesk found that 83 per cent of organisations allow the use of BYOD, while 39 per cent of workers purchase their own work device. Of those that did buy their own devices, 33 per cent bought laptops and 30 per cent smartphones.

The rising use of BYOD may have saved cash for a number of firms, yet questions still remain about a perceived lack of security, with many IT departments still warning over the dangers of not protecting devices adequately.

However, this latest piece of research suggests that users may have become more aware of such pitfalls, with only five per cent of respondents claiming not to have any password, biometric login or visual security access function.

According to director of professionalism at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Adam Thilthorpe, maintaining the balance of reaping the benefits of BYOD while also meeting security requirements can be "challenging".

He believes that such a balance will need "the combined input of IT, HR and legal departments", in order to ensure the training and understanding of the law needed by workers is understood and carried out.

Osterman Research published a survey of IT security professionals published in January suggesting that the inadvertent infection of company software with malware was a growing concern, meaning that the issue has risen in its prominence over the course of recent months.

In fact the same report suggest that the number of people worried about such developments was up by 733 per cent, yet only 46 per cent of those expressing such worries had actually taken significant steps to manage to impact of workers bringing their own devices to a company's infrastructure.