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Data access: Manage the data security risks of BYOD

John Shaw considers how to manage the data security risks of ?operating a bring-your-own-device programme

28 February 2014

According to global analysts Gartner, up to 70 per cent of professionals will conduct their work on personal smart devices by 2018 rather than using employer-supplied equipment. Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) has many advantages but also creates a raft of issues if you need to carry out an e-disclosure exercise or respond to a regulator’s request for information.

BYOD offers the potential to free up much of the high cost of providing employees with computer hardware. There is also growing evidence that employees are likely to be more productive over longer periods – in and out of the office – if they use their personal computer equipment for business. Employee pressure has also played its part, with many not wanting to carry around more than one device but also not prepared to live with the restrictions that working with firm-owned devices brings.

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