Almost half (44%) of businesses in Europe dislike bring-your-own-device (BYOD) or only allow it in exceptional circumstances, the Oracle European BYOD Index Report has revealed.
The study of 700 European businesses found that a further 29% restrict usage to senior employees only, while 22% have a complete ban and 20% have no rules in place at all.
There has been much resistance to BYOD adoption in many regions, driven primarily by concerns about security of business data on devices, user identity and application security.
Security of information was the biggest overall concern: 45% of respondents had deep concerns about device security; 53% about application security; and 63% about data security.
Over half of the respondents in Oracle’s study were not managing smartphones as part of a BYOD program, with nearly a third not using any form of mobile device management.
Over a third (37%) had not heard of containerization, while 22% had never came across mobile application management.
The respondents included two communities: those that embrace BYOD (“embracers”) and those that resist it (“deniers”).
83% of embracers handled both smartphones and tablets as part of BYOD. On the other hand, 73% of deniers did not include smartphones in their BYOD approach
Two-thirds of deniers had deep concerns about security, as opposed to just 6% of embracers. The embracers, however, were more braced for change: over two-thirds of them either accepted the need to embrace change in device types or approaches or see the BYOD market becoming more complex, whereas only 11% of deniers shared these views.
“BYOD – if deployed in the right way – can really deliver a great deal to businesses; everything from increased employee productivity, reduced hardware costs for IT and an improved ability to attract the best of today’s young talent,” said Clive Longbottom, Research Director at Quocirca.
“While it is good to see that some organisations across Europe are embracing BYOD in order get these advantages, the Oracle BYOD Index has revealed a real cause for concern in the reluctance among many others to accept that BYOD is happening within and around them and to embrace this change for their own benefit.”