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Employees in the Dark on BYOD Policies

Posted by Caroline Le Brun | July 25, 2013 8:30 AM

Surveys reveal how little employees know about company BYOD policies

In the corporate world, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has evolved from a mere concept to a very prevalent reality as more and more companies adopt BYOD programs. However, given the fact that BYOD is the newcomer among IT management strategies, surveys suggest that IT departments are reluctant to communicate the associated policies to company employees.

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A survey conducted by Acronis found that while 41% of 43,000 global IT professionals had a BYOD policy stipulating how employees are to use their personal devices in the workplace, 79% had not educated employees on this policy.*

There is an obvious lack of communication between company employees and IT teams, and employees should not be exempt from blame. A survey conducted by Aruba Networks found that approximately 17% of 3,500 EMEA employees failed to declare their personal devices to their IT department. Nonetheless, this statistic represents a failure in policy enforcement as well, as companies lack the proper knowledge to effectively implement BYOD programs.

Employees are most in the dark when it comes to the risks of BYOD, namely the privacy of their personal information. A survey by MobileIron revealed that 84% of 2,997 employees use their personal mobile phone for work and 41% of these respondents believe that their employer cannot access information on their smartphone.

The same survey found that among the most important BYOD concerns for employees is the separation of personal data from work data. Employees also wish for employers to explain the need to see information on the devices that employees both own and use for work. Underlying all of this apprehension is the notion of privacy, as employees worry that employers can access personal information.

How does a company solve the BYOD problems that these surveys bring to light?

Ultimately, businesses need to do their research and develop a BYOD policy that both ensures company control of sensitive information and provides employees with greater privacy. Once a policy is in place, it is vital for the IT team to communicate it to employees.

BYOD phones can be managed by Cimpl’s telecom expense management software platform. The all-in-one solution manages telecom and IT assets in real time from its self-service portal, meaning that employees need not be in the dark about their BYOD device. With the visibility that Cimpl provides, companies can very easily not only manage mobile fleets and IT assets, but also enforce policy governance or customize access policies to corporate data. Cimpl’s helps companies take back control of their telecom expenses and IT assets.

For additional information, please contact Cimpl here!

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Topics: BYOD, Wireless management, Mobile Devices

Written by Caroline Le Brun

As a 16-year marketing veteran, Caroline’s experience extends across multiple industries. Since she joined Cimpl, her successful marketing campaigns have increased the company’s online and community presence, in addition to Cimpl’s footprint and appearances in new or traditional media (such as the Globe and Mail). Caroline is a specialist in communication and social media. She works closely with analysts to keep track of and adapt to the trends and changes in the industry of IT: Technology Expense management, IT cost optimization, Technology trends. Her leadership conducts Cimpl’s marketing team toward ever greater achievements. Caroline is also an exemplary citizen. Outside of work, she is involved in TEMIA, the Dorval Day Camp, and other community organizations. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Concordia University and a Master Certificate in Integrated online Strategies from the University of San Francisco Intensive Development program.

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