Vast majority of public sector organisations lack BYOD policies

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Vast majority of public sector organisations lack BYOD policies

Kathleen Hall

The majority (87%) of public sector organisations have no formal bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategy, according to Freedom of Information research.

Of the 41 local and central councils that responded to questions submitted by data backup software and disaster recovery company Acronis, only one-third said they intend to review this by next year.

The study found that local authorities and councils are slightly further ahead than central government in their planning to support increasing demand from staff to connect smartphones and tablets to the network.  

It also revealed that between 2011 and 2012 almost a quarter of public sector organisations detected unauthorised devices attached to the network – 22% of local authorities and 29% of central government departments.

More than one-quarter of local authorities have no instant or fast way of detecting whether an unauthorised device has been connected, said the research.

But local government bodies have complained that central government regulations are preventing them form deploying BYOD schemes.

Restrictions currently apply within the Department for Work and Pensions’ Codes of Connection, preventing local authorities from facilitating flexible working on equipment not owned by the government, council IT chiefs told Computer Weekly.

According to a recent study by Juniper Research, the number of consumer smartphone and tablets brought into the workplace will more than double by 2014.

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