Over 70% of businesses still have no BYOD policy

Over 70% of businesses still have no BYOD policy

The use of bring your own device (BYOD) policies has become all the more popular with companies all over the country, yet many firms still remain unclear as to the best to approach such a new way of working.

In fact, a new study conducted by Accellion, has suggested that more than 70 per cent of companies that have implemented BYOD have not yet introduced a firm policy for the use of such devices, mainly due to the fact that it remains low down on the list of priorities in the IT departments of many firms.

Among UK users of mobile devices in the workplace, one of the most commonly cited priorities for mobile working was the ability to access and share files while on the move, yet only 53 per cent of companies claimed to offer such functions.

Not only that, but one-third of companies also failed to provide an approved secure file sharing service to workers, with a quarter of firms admitting to allowing workers to find and use their own devices.

The report warns that this situation could lead to many users using "unregulated" solutions, many of which could have serious implications on security.

Nearly a quarter (22 per cent) of UK businesses have admitted to encouraging employees to use ad-hoc solutions such as Dropbox, despite it not being as secure as more sophisticated systems.

A further 40 per cent of British companies enable mobile users to take advantage of public cloud services, but only 26 per cent allow use for non-sensitive documents.

Paul Steiner, managing director of Europe, Middle East and Africa at Accellion, said: "Despite months of headlines related to the NSA PRISM program, businesses are operating a laissez faire approach to the security of their data in the cloud.

"Dealing with the whirlwind pace of mobile innovation is not just a security challenge for IT, it demands board-level scruti