Less than one-third of EU firms have BYOD policy in place

Less than one-third of EU firms have BYOD policy in place

Less than a third of European businesses with 1,000 workers claim to have a formal bring your own device (BYOD) policy in place, according to research.

This finding comes despite the fact that 97 per cent of all British business have suffered or have anticipated a security breach within their BYOD network.

The study, which was conducted by technology firm Samsung, canvassed the opinions of chief information offices and IT leaders from 490 European companies with over 1,000 employees.

It found that the result of not having a formal BYOD policy had caused a number of security concerns, with over a third (34 per cent) claiming that their firm had lost customer data as a result of personal mobile devices being used for work purposes.

The study found that across Europe, only 31 per cent of large businesses claimed to have a rigid policy in place, although another 21 per cent claimed to have a more casual policy.

The dangers of not adopting the right approach have already been highlighted by UK's data protection watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), which recently published new guidance for firms looking to use mobile devices in the workplace.

It stressed that organisations need to remember that they are bound to a duty to look after the personal data under law  "regardless of the ownership of the device used to carry out the processing".

The appeal of BYOD is not exactly a mystery, as Samsung's study also revealed that businesses permitting such a policy stand to save an average of around 17 per cent on communication costs each year.

Researchers found that things were a little better in the UK, where 56 per cent of businesses claims that their company promoted BYOD for work.

The ICO has since recommended that all of the devices used for work purposes are protected by a password, and that any valuable data is encrypted when being transferred or stored.