Less than a third of large companies have BYOD policies, Samsung finds

According to the latest research from Samsung Electronics, just over three in 10 large European organisations have a formal BYOD policy in place, with a further 21% having more informal regulations in place.

This may serve as yet another reminder for companies looking to improve company morale by mobilising the workforce; keep security provisos unstructured and you may come unstuck.

What’s more worrying is that for more than a third of the 490 European respondents (34%), they had experience or were expecting lost customer data as a result of lax BYOD legislation.

Policy uptake naturally varied by region, yet it’s worth noting the yawning gaps between certain countries. Whilst implementing a policy – be it formal or informal – hit 70% in Italy, the numbers for Germany were as low as 43%.

The Samsung report also notes the evident positives. For organisations with a BYOD policy, their overall communications bill went down by 17% on average. Similarly, nearly half (47%) of UK-based respondents noted there was more “employee engagement” – in other words, their workers seemed happier and more productive – as a result of BYOD.

But the issues can’t be ignored, argues Graham Long, Samsung enterprise business team vice president.

“The potential to lose customer data and other confidential information through mobile devices shows how threatening BYOD could be for many organisations,” he said in a statement.

“It’s crucial that businesses [are] sure that enterprise mobility strategy has a highly secure infrastructure as its foundation, together with effective and clear user policy guidelines that are implemented consistently,” he added.

This is not the first time Samsung has dabbled in BYOD research. Back in January a report from subsidiary group Samsung Telecommunications America revealed how, for nine in 10 companies, BYOD will be “the norm” in two years.

And it’s not altogether surprising that the South Korean tech giant is advocating a BYOD future. With the company being arguably the leading handset manufacturer – if figures from Gartner in August are anything to go by – a saturated market will only mean good news to Samsung executives.

Do you agree with the research findings? Do you feel more productive with your own device in your hand?


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