Data theft still proving a deterrent in BYOD adoption

Data theft still proving a deterrent in BYOD adoption (iStock)

Allowing employees to use their own devices in the workplace as part of a bring your own device (BYOD) policy is largely considered to have a hugely positive impact on productivity, but its implementation has not come without a great degree of caution.

Recent headlines surrounding data theft and unauthorised access to information have seen many companies think more carefully about how best to implement BYOD or flexible working policy.

A recent survey conducted by Wisdomjobs.com found that among the companies that had not yet implemented a BYOD policy, 70 per cent cited concerns over data security as the primary factor in their decision.

Nearly 20 per cent said that telecom expense management was the main concern, with all the companies that chose not to introduce a BYOD policy missing out on the related benefits.

However, there is evidence to suggest that this sense of unease may be about to be reversed, with a recent study from Hexa Research suggesting that job satisfaction can be one of the main areas to benefit from a BYOD policy, with the increased sophistication of management platforms helping to ease security concerns.

"With BYOD policies gaining increasing traction in organizations, companies are opening up to the benefits of allowing their employees to carry their own devices to work. Additionally, the burden of supplying, supporting and maintaining the devices is shifting from the organization to the employees, who in turn are more comfortable working on devices of their choice. It also does away with the time wasted in switching between devices when an employee is at work," founder and chief executive officer at Wisdomjobs.com Ajay Kolla said.