• BYOD popularity growing – despite ongoing security concerns

More and more businesses are allowing employees to use their own devices at work, according to research from Accusoft.

The company’s report, Closing the Document Management Awareness Gap, revealed that 74% of organisations have implemented some sort of BYOD (bring your own device) programme, which allows staff to bring in and use their own computers, tablets, smartphones or other devices.

However, only half of these organisations require that employees have these devices approved by the IT department. This leaves many businesses vulnerable to data breaches, either by hapless employees accidentally sharing data or by malicious cyber attackers gaining access to private networks.

As the use of mobile devices increases in popularity among employees, the report advises that IT departments work to make sure that adaptable and secure processes are in place. It adds that these systems can help to ensure that business networks are not weakened by staff who use their own devices at work.

The research also examined document management within organisations. Of the 100 IT managers surveyed, 34% had had sensitive information compromised because of poor document management processes. Despite this, 9 in 10 said that they were confident that they had the right tools in place to protect their organisation’s documents.