UK businesses leading the way in BYOD

UK businesses leading the way in BYOD

UK businesses are becoming more prominent in ensuring that their members of staff are working securely within a bring your own device (BYOD) strategy, according to the findings of a new survey.

The study, conducted by YouGov, asked senior executives and managers from over 1,250 small and medium businesses across Europe, North America and Australia, about their working practices.

It found that 34 per cent of decision-makers claimed that their businesses had policies or other systems in place to ensure the simple management of personal communications devices for business purposes.

In comparison, an average of 28 per cent of people within the same role in Europe and the rest of the world claimed to have similar measures in at their place of work, while the number in the US stood at just 19 per cent.

The need for such a strategy in the UK is understandable given the fact that nearly half (47 per cent) of those surveyed across the country said employees within their companies use their own personal devices for work purposes.

A further 55 per cent of senior directors and managers claimed that they relied on smart phones, in comparison to those who selected PCs (54 per cent) and laptops (52 per cent).

And 42 per cent of managers said that the use of a single device for all purposes made the working lives of employees easier, and was the main reason behind employees want to use their own technology.

Robert Gratzl from the cloud technology company Citrix said: "In encouraging mobile, flexible working, it is good to see the UK taking the lead in putting security policies in place.

"They are rightly anxious about their firms’ potential exposure, with particular concerns around remote network access and document downloads, for example.

"However, like other countries, they still have some way to go, with almost two-thirds possibly lacking the tools and processes to automatically delete business information from employees’ personal devices if, for example, they are lost or stolen."