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Security concern affecting BYOD adoption

Security is still a major concern for IT departments regarding the adoption of Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) in businesses with about 72% anticipating data loss, according to a new survey by Insight UK.

About 55% of the survey respondents still have no plan to introduce a BYOD policy to notify employees of protecting business information on personal devices and alleviate fears regarding the use of technology including iPads.

About 73% of respondents enquired issuing mobile devices themselves, while 27% revealed interest to allow employees to bring their own personal devices and connect to either the corporate or a guest network, according to Insight UK’s second annual BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) survey,

According to report, 26% of IT departments currently support iOS and Windows mobile device operating systems, while they are planning to include Apple devices and Windows phones in their plans.

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Android and BlackBerry devices have been nearly comparable in terms of how support is planned in future, the survey said.

Security remained top of the to-do list of 82% of respondents, while 60% believed that IT departments are determined to make device integration into existing corporate IT systems a priority and the growing internal knowledge and supporting BYOD users remained at third position.

Insight EMEA Marketing VP Ashley Gatehouse said that a year down the line almost three quarters of those businesses surveyed have seemingly moved to tackle this trend by issuing their own devices to employees and you’d think that means those allowing BYOD would now have their ducks in a line when it comes to policies surrounding this.

"To hear almost half have no plans to create a policy is clearly at odds with the raft of measures we know businesses already have in place to protect the flow of data within the corporate network," Gatehouse said.

"Failure to implement a policy or define rules regarding the use of personal devices at this stage of proceedings is tantamount to leaving the backdoor wide open and hoping you don’t get robbed."

The research firm believes that the sales and new business teams are still projected to adopt personal devices successfully for business use.

About 58% of sales staff benefit through devices to access and display corporate documents on the move, followed by staff at IT departments, Customer Service and Marketing teams respectively.
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