Lack of trust harming BYOD adoption

Lack of trust harming BYOD adoption

The lack of trust among employees is the main obstacle to companies looking to implement a widespread bring-your-own device (BYOD) approach, a new study has suggested.

New research conducted by Ovum on behalf of mobile security firm AdaptiveMobile found that many workers have both a lack of faith in their employers and that their individual privacy will be protected.

When asked to use personal devices for work purposes, end users were found to trust mobile service providers more than employers to protect their privacy.

Securing personal information was found to be one of the top concerns for 84 per cent of workers, with many subsequently expressing doubts over whether corporations had the expertise needed to keep data secure.

Just under a third (30 per cent) said they were happy for their employer to manage their mobility service, causing a further 42 per cent to state a preference for work devices to be managed by third-party operators.

Ciaran Bradley, chief product officer at AdaptiveMobile commented: "Trust is the magic word when it comes to empowering employees to use their own devices in the workplace. The mobile device is such an inherently personal part of our lives that people want to know that their details are safe."

He added that while many employees may stigmatise IT departments, businesses can still convince their employees that their needs and concerns are being addressed.

"The opportunity for businesses therefore is to benefit from the reflected trust by deploying a managed mobile security solution and so instill the confidence in the service that their employees demand," he said.  

As well as concerns over security, the survey also touched on a number of other issues to be holding back the adoption of BYOD, including nasty surprises with bills, mobile data usage and the accidental access to malicious websites or apps.