Businesses in the Philippines moving slowly on BYOD

BYOD reluctance mirrored in other parts of Asia-Pacific region

Firms in the Philippines are reluctant to embrace BYOD because of security and support cost concerns, according to a report by ZDNet.

"Businesses in Philippines are starting to look at BYOD [and] there is a lot of interest in protecting [the] network from BYOD," Jonathan Andresen, Asia-Pacific director of product marketing at IT security vendor Blue Coat, was quoted by ZDNet as saying.

It's not that Filipinos do not have smartphones. In fact, the Philippines is the fastest growing smartphone market in Southeast Asia, according to stats from GfK Asia.

The Philippines reported 326 percent growth in smartphone volume sales for the period July 2011 to June 2012, making it the fastest growing market for smartphones in Southeast region. It is also the country with the highest jump in smartphone market share within a year, from 9 to 24 percent, according to GfK Asia. 

While multinational corporations with subsidiaries in the island nation are allowing BYOD, following policies at their other units, only a few local firms are allowing BYOD, the report noted.

Government-owned firms seem to be willing to take more risks with BYOD than private firms. The Land Bank of the Philippines has undertaken a limited BYOD plan by allowing employees to download an applet in order to access corporate email using their iOS and Android devices, Alan Bornas, senior vice president and head of Landbank's technology management group, told ZDNet.

"We're not doing other transactions yet, especially financial transactions. We want to strike a balance between convenience in the use of these devices and confidentiality of data," Bornas explained.

The ZDNet report reflects a widespread reluctance to embrace BYOD in the Asia-Pacific region. According to nonprofit IT association ISACA, a majority of IT managers in Asia think that the risks of BYOD outweigh the benefits.

Fewer than one-quarter of Asian enterprises allow BYOD, while more than one-third actively prohibit it, according to the survey.

As Asia-Pacific businesses become more comfortable with BYOD, they will no doubt accelerate adoption. Otherwise, they will be increasingly left behind as their recent graduates flock to regions where they can use their latest devices at work.

For more:
- read the ZDNet article
- check out GfK Asia's stats
- see the ISACA survey

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