Are firms holding unfounded security fears denying themselves the benefits of BYOD?
BYOD is only adopted in exceptional circumstances by nearly half of European businesses, which still question the security of the trend, according to Oracle’s first index report on the phenomenon.
The ERP giant found that 44% of European firms dislike allowing employees to work on their own mobile devices, with a further 29% restricting usage only to senior employees.
The Oracle BYOD Index Report, published today, found that 45% of 700 businesses surveyed had fears over the security of personal devices, 53% harboured doubts over application security, while 63% did not believe data was properly secure.
"The issue of security seems to have pushed many organisations across Europe into denial about and resistance towards BYOD," said Suhas Uliyar, VP of mobile strategy product management at Oracle.
But he added that technology covering encryption, device and application management, and containerisation, where personal and professional data is separated, are available to ease security worries.
Clive Longbottom, research director at Quocirca, added: "BYOD – if deployed in the right way – can really deliver a great deal to businesses; everything from increased employee productivity, reduced hardware costs for IT and an improved ability to attract the best of today’s young talent.
"The Oracle BYOD Index has revealed a real cause for concern in the reluctance among many others to accept that BYOD is happening within and around them and to embrace this change for their own benefit."
The report also found that more than half of UK businesses surveyed consider smartphones as part of their BYOD policy, despite being more accepting of the trend than most other countries.