Pets could cause BYOD problems

Pets could cause BYOD problems

Damage to BYOD devices caused by household pets could cause havoc for many flexible workers, new research has suggested.

BYOD has recently been touted as a great way to encourage flexible and remote working for many employees, while also increasing productivity and morale.

Although there are a number of security concerns with such a strategy being employed within the workplace, many of these can be solved by way of an effective mobile device management approach.

Yet a study in the US conducted by the warranty provider SquareTrade, has now suggested that around eight million devices a year are bitten, licked and drooled on by beloved household pets, with the total amount of damage reaching an estimated $3 billion (£1.97 billion) a year .

According to the research, smartphones are the most prominent to be hit, accounting for up to a third of all damaged items.

Research showed that around two-thirds of pet related accidents involving a BYOD device were caused by the pet chewing through the item while it was in their mouth.

Just over a fifth (21 per cent) of incidents involved a pet causing the owner to drop their smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Alarmingly around one-in-six cat or dog owners said that their pet had either vomited or gone to the toilet on their gadget.

The research added that one of the main factors in the figures was that of supervision, with around two-thirds of accidents occurring during periods of the pet being left alone with the device.

Although such occurrences can merely represent a severe annoyance for a regular consumer, anyone using such items for BYOD purposes can come across a whole range of serious consequences.

In a blog post on the subject for ZDNet, author Adrian Kinsley-Hughes said:"While a chewed smartphone or a peed on tablet might be a huge inconvenience for a consumer, for someone using that device in a BYOD setting, effects can be enormous. There's the impact it has of productivity, there's the denial of access to the corporate infrastructure, not to mention the possibility of data being lost."