BYOD in India: Employees Keen; IT Treads With Caution

IT departments are open to allowing employees the freedom to use their personal devices for work but are yet to overcome all the issues associated with it
News Apr 26th 2012

Communications services and solutions provider British Telecom recently released a research summary of its survey ‘BT Assure- Rethink the Risk’. The survey includes responses from more than 2,000 users and decision makers across 11 countries including India.

The survey results seem to indicate that despite the usual concerns of security, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is making definitive progress within the corporate environment. 60 percent of employees surveyed admitted that they are allowed to use their personal devices for work.

India, not generally known for deploying cutting-edge technology, is surprisingly ahead of the global average. 80 percent of the employees from India claim that their companies permit them to connect to the corporate network with personally owned devices and use them for work.

“While company sanctioned BYOD is generally high, the level of use stated by employees is higher than what the IT-decision makers acknowledge,” says Jeff Schmidt, Head of Security, BT Global Services.