The BYOD Debate

Attitudes towards the ‘Bring your own device’ (BYOD) trend in the Middle East are mixed, according to a poll carried out by Network Middle East.

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The BYOD Debate
By  Georgina Enzer Published  May 6, 2012

Attitudes towards the ‘Bring your own device’ (BYOD) trend in the Middle East are mixed, according to a poll carried out by Network Middle East.

The spot poll found that 37.5% of respondents were firmly against allowing employees to bring their own devices to work because of the security risks to the enterprise that such unsecured devices pose.

Government organisations in the UAE largely implement a no tolerance policy, whereby no employee can log onto the corporate network using their own device. Upper management is often given a secured device, such as a phone or tablet for their work.

Twenty-seven percent of respondents said that employees should only be able to bring their own devices if the corporate network is fully secured and prepared for BYOD. This preparedness includes having appropriate corporate and security policies in place to ensure network security.

Twenty-five percent of respondents did not care about the safety of the corporate network, stating that they want to use their devices at work no matter what. Many security companies state this attitude as one of the main reasons why companies need to implement sufficient security policies. Employees want to be able to access their social networking and private emails while at work, and to use the devices that they feel most comfortable with, with some experts suggesting that workers will not take up jobs with organisations that do not offer them that freedom.

Twenty-two percent of respondents said that they would want to bring their personal device only if the devices were properly secured as per company policies and guidelines.

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