Educating staff in data security practices to become more important

Educating staff in data security practices to become more important

The increased use of personal devices in the workplace and away from the office is set to force businesses to educate their staff on data security practices.

That is the opinion of Matt Torrens, director at SproutIT.co.uk, who said that the problem with implementing BYOD means organisations do not have control over devices initially.

He explained that BYOD is not a new phenomenon as workers have had the opportunity to connect devices to corporate networks for a number of years, but the trend is growing at a rapid rate.

"I think the sensible approach at the moment is one of extreme caution with BYOD," he commented.

The expert noted that the education of users of personal devices is set to become one of the most important issues for businesses.

Mr Torrens urged firms to "test and review any data security policies – so you could set a data security policy today and it's likely to be out of date in a few months".