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BYOD ‘a growing expense for individuals’

The growing popularity of bring your own device (BYOD) for businesses across the UK is having a knock-on effect onto the pockets of workers.

Research published by LANDESK has revealed consumers are now spending more on BYOD technology for use in their jobs, with 39 per cent of employees purchasing their own devices for work purposes.

Overall, the data revealed individuals have spent £500 on average over the last five years on BYOD technology, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, while this figure exceeds the typical annual spend on such as items as tea and coffee (£97.12 per year).

Nigel Seddon, area director at LANDESK, stated in response to the findings: “Having technology for work and play is as essential to many as food and drink is.”

He added the shift in focus to place more of a burden of cost on the employee to fund the devices they use obviously has advantages for companies, but this should not come at the cost of security and risk management.

The rapid emergence of BYOD over recent years has led to a greater level of flexibility for many members of staff and also for IT departments. There are a number of issues businesses need to be aware of surrounding this phenomenon though, as effective security measures need to be put in place to safeguard sensitive company and client data.

For example, security protocols for BYOD should include the fixing of approved devices by businesses, as this allows them to set up pre-determined data management checks and have a full understanding of the impact of outside technologies on IT infrastructure safeguards.

“In this day and age organisations should be supported by technology, not shackled by it, to help enable their business goals – and BYOD is a trend which is not going away,” Mr Seddon concluded.

“However, if the right measures aren’t taken to support the devices being brought into the business, the benefits will quickly become a hindrance.”

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From: http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/company/press-room/data-recovery-news/byod-a-growing-expense-for-individuals974.aspx

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