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October 9, 2013

Misgivings over BYOD leaves employers in the dark, says study

Azzurri Communications study suggests that BYOD is ‘broken’ in most firms.

By Ben Sullivan

A study has been carried out by Azzurri Communications to compare the perceptions of employers with what their employees are actually doing with regards to BYOD.

It reads that employees are choosing to ignore their employers’ BYOD policies and most are not even claiming back the cost of work calls on their personal devices despite being given the option. This is leaving employers in the dark (as 2.5 times more of their employees access work files and data on their personal devices than their employers realise) and employees out of pocket.

"Organisations have vastly underestimated their employees’ desire for quality work devices and are largely in the dark as to the extent to which their employees are working around corporate policies.

"Half (50%) of employees now use their personal devices to access work files and data, yet employers believe this figure to only be 15% of their workforce – a disparity of 232%. This lack of cohesion is leaving organisations exposed to significant data security risks, wastes corporate investment in mobile devices and services and often leaves employees out of pocket (as 67% fail to claim back the costs of work-related tasks)."

"While BYOD is largely heralded as the answer to this issue, only 17% of UK organisations have deployed companywide BYOD policies, significantly less than those who have deployed CYOD or ‘Choose Your Own Device’ (adopted by 31% of organisations)."

Azzurri Communications say that the most ‘significant and alarming disparity’ regards how many employees access work files and data on personal devices, whose lack of enterprise-level security safeguards can expose company data to potential loss or theft. While companies only believe that 15% of their workforce do this, a staggering 50% admitted to accessing work data or files on their personal device. This is nearly 2.5 times (232%) as many as employers thought.

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