Companies in need of BYOD policies

Companies in need of BYOD policies

Companies implementing a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy need to ensure they have a strong policy in place in order to prevent any risk of a major data breach.

That is the verdict of IT services firm ITC Infotech, which claims that statistics gathered by Samsung have found almost half of firms across the UK have admitted to a smartphone connected to their network going missing over the course of the last year.

Additionally, nearly ten per cent of respondents claimed to have had 200 handsets lost or stolen over the course of the last 12 months.

And some experts have warned that without the adequate implementation of an effective mobile device management policy, companies could be risking the safety of their network, as well as any sensitive data stored within that structure.

Hardeep Singh Garewal, president for European operations at ITC Infotech, said: "Laptops, mobiles and tablets can cost many hundreds of pounds per year for each employee, so BYOD has become very attractive. However, far from enjoying flexibility and lower costs, companies that rush into BYOD without a strong policy face considerable risks."

"For unprepared companies, a lost or stolen device represents a catastrophic security risk, with the potential cost to their business far outweighing the savings."

He added that although there a number of possible solutions available to companies, many firms are still not implementing a clear policy on their work devices, making them less likely to be able to deal with any potential breaches.

While there are obvious repercussions on the business side of things, a data breach can also have a hugely negative impact in terms of the law. The inability to set a clear boundary between personal and corporate functions on a BYOD device and erasing personal information when wiping a device, leaving many firms open to legal action.