Ovum reveals 80% of BYOD goes unmanaged

Ovum reveals 80% of BYOD goes unmanaged

Ovum reveals 80% of BYOD goes unmanaged

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Ovum reveals 80% of BYOD goes unmanaged

Thumb through any business publication to catch up on the latest challenges faced by CIOs, CTOs, IT Managers and there is a high chance that you will read an article on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and how it is sweeping the nation as employees increasingly use their smartphone or tablet device to access corporate information.

So it came as a slight surprise to hear that almost 80% of today’s BYOD activity remains inadequately managed by IT departments according to a research project by Ovum.

In the survey of over 4000 full-time employees, Ovum found that nearly 70% of all smartphone-owning professionals are now using their personal device to access corporate data.

It is astonishing to see such a high level of ignorance amongst IT professionals surrounding the existence of sufficient BYOD policies, leaving businesses not only at risk of data loss but unable to claim they took reasonable preventative measures.

According to the research, nearly half of the respondents’ employers’ IT departments either did not know of the use of BYOD in the company or were ignoring its existence, operating a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

50% of employees said that privacy concerns stop them accessing their own personal apps on a corporate provisioned smartphone and that a corporate smartphone or tablet is not a suitable substitute for a personally owned device.

It is unsurprising to see employee concern of privacy surrounding corporate provisioned smartphones. But how can IT professionals get around the BYOD conundrum?

They can attempt to specify which devices are permitted for corporate use, create detailed guidelines on employee use and even specify which apps they can and cannot use. But it is almost impossible to enforce such strict regulations – employees have bought their own device and they fully intend to use it.

Mobile enterprise apps are one solution to this problem, connecting back end business systems to a mobile workforce. But this brings its own set of problems and issues, especially in terms of security.

So what is the solution? Well there is no silver bullet, but in a previous blog post we provided five pieces advice for IT Managers to consider who are looking to develop a mobile business app that won’t cause a huge burden on their BYOD strategy.

If you want to find out more about business apps and how they can assist your BYOD strategy then get in touch.

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