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63% of UK businesses lack a BYOD strategy and face security risks as a result

Well over half of UK businesses lack a bring-your-own-device [BYOD] or mobile print strategy that is causing many to suffer network problems as a result.

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Research from Altodigital showed that 63 per cent don’t have a specific IT strategy in place to manage employees ‘bringing their own devices’ to work and that is despite 57 per cent admitting that employees bring their own devices to work.

“BYOD is not a new trend, and as the research shows, it is enjoying widespread adoption among businesses of all kinds. However, despite this, It’s staggering that so few companies have a dedicated policy in place to appropriately cope with this, especially given the very real IT and security issues that can be caused as a result,” stated Tony Burnett, group sales director at Altodigital.

The lack of a coherent BYOD strategy led 40 per cent of respondents to admit they had faced IT problems with 71 per cent of the problems related to security breaches or viruses, 48 per cent involving network or connectivity issues, and 23 per cent causing a loss of email or Internet access.

Mobile printing is one area that is pegged as being particularly beneficial to the BYOD phenomenon and at the same time having the potential to be the most damaging thing to get wrong. 20 per cent of companies are already using mobile printing with a further 50 per cent planning to do so but 26 per cent of those currently doing so are using unproven and untested mobile software.

“We don’t want people to be put off from embracing BYOD, and applications such as mobile printing can present enormous benefits to a business. Securely managing the process does not need to be overly complicated, and we expect to see IT departments increasingly integrating secure mobile print applications as part of their broader BYOD strategy in 2014,” Burnett added.

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The survey questioned over 1,000 decision makers across a number of UK businesses and was commissioned by Altodigital in order to get more of an idea of emerging document and print trends.