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250 IT professionals say yes in new survey

BYOD: Is it increasing costs as well as virus concerns?

Could the BYOD (bring your own device) phenomenon be adding to business woes? That’s what Liberman Software is saying in a new report published today.

While some of the industry noise around BYOD has suggested that it can increase employee efficiency or happiness, this new research suggests many companies have doubts about the movement.

Respondents (250 IT professionals in London at the frontline of protecting their organisations) were asked if they believed allowing employees to connect their own devices (such as USB drives, mobile phones, portable PCs and home computers) to the corporate network increased costs – with 67 per cent saying that it did increase costs.

When asked what caused the organisation the biggest headache, almost half (43 per cent) cited an employee device introducing a virus; more than a quarter (26 per cent) pointed the finger at employees losing a device, with employees stealing data the biggest concern for 22 per cent of respondents.

Lieberman Software believes that the drive towards BYOD is caused by companies with their own agenda – firms like Apple, pushing products as corporate ready or compatible, even when they’re not.

Lieberman Software’s president and CEO Philip Lieberman said: “We’ve been here before. It’s the same classic back door sales process used to promote PCs in the 1980s, where the large IT shops controlled both the glass house and what was on the desktops. Back then users and managers would show how PCs were better, faster and more flexible than the ‘stone age’ solutions offered by IT. Ultimately IT was forced to adopt PCs as their corporate standard. The new twist today is that the interlopers are devices that will always be owned by the consumer, not the company.”

He continued: “In today’s consumer-owned devices, the ability to adopt and sustain enterprise access and revocation controls is non-existent or impaired. In an effort to meet the demand of BYOD, enterprises are being forced to employ soft certificates with diminished security. While end-users might love the convenience, a lost or compromised device can fast become a nightmare for the CIO. Make sure you understand what you’re opening the organization up to when you allow, or even encourage, your workforce to bring their own devices.”

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