ACN survey: Just 16% of Gulf companies have BYOD policies

Arabian Computer News reveals regional gap in response to device usage

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ACN survey: Just 16% of Gulf companies have BYOD policies The ACN IT Security Behaviour Survey showed that regional organisations are struggling to effectively come to terms with the BYOD phenomenon.
By  Stephen McBride Published  May 7, 2014

A meagre 16% of GCC organisations have coherent and flexible BYOD policies, according to the findings of Arabian Computer News' IT Security Behaviour Survey 2014.

The survey, conducted online between March and April this year, revealed that 30% of companies had no rules in place to govern company data on devices, while 19% of respondents reported a restrictive policy where employees were forbidden to have corporate data on personal devices. Only 16 % said their organisation had implemented controls to allow data on devices but also protect it.

"The lack of security policies and enterprise mobile policies is significant," warned Megha Kumar, research manager, Software, International Data Corporation (IDC).

"Companies are clearly struggling with managing security and devices and employees need more awareness despite the efforts made to improve it. The figures show a need for security and enterprise mobility policies; security training and awareness; and security automation and improved data sharing policies."

The main problem behind BYOD is not only security; it is the famous trade-off between that security and employee productivity. Mobility brings agility to business operations that C-level executives do not want to relinquish, but those tasked with cyber security are confronted with a large and diverse device population to manage.

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