Companies need to rethink their BYOD policies: says survey

by CXOtoday News Desk    Aug 02, 2013

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As companies continue to move to the BYOD trend, it remains to be seen if the BYOD is actually benefiting IT organizations or putting them at more risk. Most companies nowadays prefer if employees bring in their own personal devices such as phones. But is the BYOD trend really helping the company protect sensitive data? In an article by Tom Kaneshige in Networkworld.com, he explains that a recent TEK systems survey constituting of 3,500 tech professionals, 35 percent of IT leaders and 25 percent of IT professionals, have  said they are not yet sure is BYOD is benefiting the organization.

The result of the survey proved that more business leaders and employees are not yet confident if organization’s BYOD policy is compliant with data and privacy protection acts, HIPAA, Dodd-Frank or other government-mandated regulations. Most of the respondents confessed that almost 25 percent of the company’s sensitive data was at risk due to security issues posed by BYOD.

However, despite the many challenges faced by companies BYOD does have some advantages which is why organizations are picking up this trend in breakneck speed. Some of these advantages are greater accessibility, higher employee satisfaction, improved worker productivity, better customer satisfaction, cost savings. In the survey, many respondents were divided on the viewpoint of whether the trend is effective or not. However, most agreed that BYOD policies and communication policies are lacking. Most were of the opinion that BYOD policies were laden heavy with legal jargon’s that in turn created a huge gap between employee and employer trust.

The results of the survey lead to concerns regarding whether companies are being too fast to move with this BYOD trend. With anti-trust issues, lack of communication in BYOD policies and security holes, maybe companies should step back and take a myopic view of things before coming to a conclusion.