Many firms bar employees from bringing own mobile to work - survey

Many firms bar employees from bringing own mobile to work - survey
Taking into account possible security risks, many Indian enterprises restrict employees from bringing their personal mobile devices to workplace, says a survey.

Non-profit group ISACA's global survey found that IT professionals in India continue to resist the Bring Your Own Device (BOYD) trend among employees.

"India stood first among its global counterparts in prohibiting BYOD, with nearly half (46 percent) of Indian enterprises successfully deploying a BYOD policy to prohibit the use of personal mobile devices for work to mitigate the risk to the enterprise," it said.

The country was followed by Europe (39 percent), China (30 percent) and the US (29 percent).

When it came to security controls for employees' personal devices, about 47 percent of Indian enterprises reported deploying password management controls.

"India registered lower interest on remote wipe capability (29 percent), which allows employers to erase the contents of an employee's personal device as a security measure, compared to US (46 percent), China (39 percent) and Europe (37 percent)," the survey said.

Meanwhile, around 58 percent of the Indian respondents said their enterprises prohibit access to social networking sites from a work-supplied device.

ISACA is a grouping of IT audit, security, risk and governance professionals.

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