IT Departments Are Lagging on BYOD Policies

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-23-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Nearly half of surveyed workers use their personal phones for work-related tasks, which stirs up privacy concerns for workers and security concerns for CIOs.
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    49% of surveyed U.S. employees use a personal mobile phone for work-related tasks, and 12% use both a personal and corporate phone for this.
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    95% of those surveyed will use their personal mobile phone to voice-call, text, IM and/or video-call colleagues and/or customers.
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    Only 34% said their employer has a BYOD policy in place.
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    66% spend about 10 hours a week or more using a mobile phone for work-related tasks outside of office hours.
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    56% said their employers do not reimburse them for work-related usage of their personal mobile phone.
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    Only 24% have no concerns about being required to pay for business usage of their phone out of their own pockets.
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    40% said they are either "very" or "extremely" concerned about the possibility of having to release both personal and business messages to their employer.
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    74% said they'd prefer to have separate phone numbers for work and their personal use, either via two separate phones or one phone with two numbers.
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    Email: 37%, Voice: 33%, Texting: 24%
 

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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