A number of firms are allowing employees to use their own devices at work without implementing a BYOD policy, research has claimed.
Figures released by VAR Intrinsic Technology – which questioned CIOs from companies with 1,000 or more employees – revealed one in five shuns a proper BYOD strategy and risks corporate networks by allowing staff to bring in personal devices.
Key concerns over BYOD centered around security, with 60 per cent of CIOs admitting it was their chief concern.
Adam Jarvis, chief executive of Intrinsic, said: "Businesses cannot blindly allow staff to use their own devices. There should be a detailed policy which addresses the security issues."
He suggested the lack of policies implied that firms are putting too much focus on the benefits, while ignoring the security issues.
"A well-planned BYOD scheme can move businesses ahead of the technological curve, so it is understandable that many organisations are rushing to reap the rewards," Jarvis added.
“However, a policy should take into account every risk, especially those that threaten data security. Businesses should seek guidance and advice from experts before hastily giving the green light.”
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