European, Canadian enterprises approach BYOD cautiously

More than half of IT professionals believe BYOD risks outweigh the benefits

European and Canadian enterprises are allowing BYOD in increasing numbers, but more than half of IT professionals in those regions believe that the security risks outweigh the benefits.

In Europe, 28 percent of enterprises allow BYOD, compared with 34 percent in North America and 48 percent in Oceania (Australia and New Zealand), according to a survey of 4,500 IT professionals who are members of the nonprofit IT association ISACA.

The percentage of European enterprises blocking BYOD has dropped from 58 percent last year to 30 percent this year, suggesting a growing acceptance of BYOD on the continent.

At the same time, 54 percent of those surveyed still believe that the risks of BYOD outweigh the benefits, with a mere 15 percent saying that the benefits outweigh the risks.  31 percent said they believe the two are balanced. More than one-quarter of enterprises did not have a BYOD security policy in place.

The ISACA survey also found that European enterprises are increasingly allowing employees to use their corporate-owned device for personal activities. More than two-thirds of enterprises allow employees to access social networking sites from a corporate-owned device, and close to three-fourths allow employees to shop online using a corporate-owned device.  

In Canada, more than 60 percent of enterprises allow BYOD, with about half applying some restrictions. More than half of Canadian IT professionals surveyed see the risks of BYOD outweighing the benefits and more than one-third of respondents said their enterprises did not have a formal security policy for BYOD, or were not sure whether they had a policy.

Enterprises in both Europe and Canada use encryption, password management, and remote wipe capability to decrease the security risks from BYOD, the survey found.

For more:
- check out the ISACA survey results

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