A UK survey from Acronis® and the Ponemon Institute reveals that the majority of companies are putting critical data at risk by not having policies in place to protect it once it leaves a company, whether that be through BYOD or public cloud-based file sharing. By ignoring simple security steps and employee BYOD education, companies are jeopardising its confidential data, exposing it to theft, corruption, hackers, malware and more.

Acronis’ 2013 Data Protection Trends Research, which evaluated responses from more than 570 UK IT professionals, discovered that:

  • Almost 60% have no personal device policy in place
  • 23% with policies make exceptions for executives, who may handle even more sensitive data
  • 23% actually forbid personal devices from accessing the network
  • 79% of organisations have not educated employees on BYOD privacy risks
  • 21% of companies mandate a device password or key lock on personal devices
  • 18% perform remote device wipes when employees leave the company, drastically increasing the risk for data leakage.
  • 69% of organisations do not have a policy in place around public clouds
  • 80% have not trained employees in the proper use of these platforms
  • 59% of organisations will support Macs® in the next year
  • 61% say compatibility and interoperability are still big obstacles to getting Macs compliant with IT, which puts data stored and shared across the corporate network and on Apple devices at risk.

Personal devices have permanently and positively changed the workplace, particularly in the way employees collaborate, work remotely and interact with company data,” said Rick Powles, managing director UK & Ireland, Acronis. “BYOD is a huge opportunity for companies, but our research shows troubling signs of negligence in the face of these dangers. However, with policies and solutions that manage the flow of data between multiple devices and environments, companies can practice safe BYOD with confidence

Acronis suggest matching BYOD Productivity with Policy

To optimise BYOD, protect the bottom line, and avoid data loss and serious compliance issues, organisations should take immediate steps to ensure employees are trained in safe BYOD practices, that personal device and public cloud use are monitored and managed, and that effective data protection solutions are in place to prevent data loss. These are the critical steps to achieving safe BYOD.