Half of European businesses not including smartphones in BYOD strategy

Half of European businesses not including smartphones in BYOD strategy

Half of businesses across Europe are putting themselves at risk by failing to include smartphones within their bring -your-own-device (BYOD) strategies, a new study has suggested. 

In the UK alone, 52 per cent of businesses claimed that their BYOD strategy did not include the use of smartphones.  

Oracle's first European BYOD Index report found that many firms are ignorant of how such an approach can help a firm manage their mobiles. 

Around a third of the 700 businesses that were surveyed were found to not being using any form of mobile device management (MDM), while another 232 per cent had never heard of mobile application management. 

Oracle's EMEA vice president of security and identity solutions, Alan Hartwell, told Computer Business Review: "It was quite a surprise really. But if you look at the spectrum of devices used in business the first device you'd probably look at as a useful tool would be the tablet.

"Smartphones have been for calls, for voice. Now the apps have become smarter; we have the tools that enable things to be done on the small screen where previously it was cumbersome."

He added that one of the best ways to secure smartphones within a BYOD strategy was the use of containerisation, as if your device is being used to store data that is sensitive to your business or enterprise, then problems can be avoided through encryption. 

The results have left many other experts claiming that BYOD policies should always make it easier for workers to use smartphones, especially given the fact that there are new models being released almost constantly, bringing new operating systems with them.  

Clive Longbottom, research director at Quocirca, added: “While it is good to see that some organizations across Europe are embracing BYOD in order get these advantages, the Oracle BYOD Index has revealed a real cause for concern in the reluctance among many others to accept that BYOD is happening within and around them and to embrace this change for their own benefit.”