By Daniel Hunter

One in five companies allow employees to use personal devices at work without having a BYOD policy in place, a survey from Intrinsic Technology has found.

“Businesses cannot blindly allow staff to use their own devices — there should be a detailed policy which addresses the security issues,” Adam Jarvis, chief executive at Intrinsic Technology, commented.

The cloud computing and unified communications specialist questioned CIOs from companies with 1000 or more employees. Their key concern regarding BYOD was security - with over 60% of CIOs admitting it was their main worry.

However, the lack of policies suggests that many businesses are putting too much focus on the benefits — such as improved employee productivity and motivation — whilst ignoring the security issues.

“A well planned BYOD scheme can move businesses ahead of the technological curve, so it’s understandable that many organisations are rushing to reap the rewards," Adam 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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