IT Departments Are Lagging on BYOD Policies

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-23-2015 Email

While most U.S. workers use a personal mobile phone for work, the vast majority of organizations are failing to implement bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies to set guidelines for such usage, according to a recent survey from tyntec. CIOs and their IT teams should work with business users on establishing such policies to address growing concerns on multiple fronts: Staffers are using their own devices to call, text and otherwise stay in touch with colleagues and customers. And they're spending a great deal of their personal time on their phones to stay on top of their duties. However, most of them are not getting reimbursed for any resulting expenses. In addition, many voice concerns about the privacy of their personal messages on these devices. One potential solution: Configuring phones so there's a separate number for work and personal use. "BYOD is the new norm," said Thorsten Trapp, co-founder and CTO of tyntec, "and the sooner enterprises embrace sound BYOD policies and user-friendly features, the sooner they can increase productivity and eliminate concerns from employees and IT." More than 300 U.S. employees took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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