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BYOD boosts job satisfaction but raises security risks

August 13, 2013

All across the world, companies are adopting bring your own device (BYOD) policies, allowing their workers to use their own smartphones and tablets to conduct business. According to industry experts, this trend improves worker productivity and job satisfaction, but also threatens document security for company data.

A recent VMWare study of more than 2,000 Southeast Asian and Oceanic employees found that nearly 80 percent of respondents brought their own devices to their places of work. It also revealed that a significant majority of employees agreed that the ability to use their own mobile devices for work improves their overall efficiency. Additionally, most workers indicated they prefer working for companies that allow them the freedom to make personal choices in regards to devices and web-based applications.

However, while this and other research highlight the benefits of BYOD, experts agree that the policy raises significant cybersecurity concerns. Writing for IT BusinessEdge, Tyler Lessard emphasizes that while ultimately beneficial, BYOD exposes organizations to a wide range of security vulnerabilities. To ensure proper document security, Lessard recommends that businesses implement encryption protocols and other measures to protect the integrity of their sensitive data.