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.
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.
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