Canada Leading in BYOD – But Are We at Risk?

A recent study by Dimension Data (and published at IT World Canada here) highlights the growing leadership that large Canadian firms are displaying in the implementation of BYOD.

This leadership includes 75% support for employee owned smartphones and tablets. This seems to be a great news story – but digging below the surface shows a worrying scenario.

The same study found that 40% of companies support employee owned devices in the workplace without official vetting – meaning that only 35% of Canadian organizations have implemented a BYOD policy.

This statistic was echoed in an earlier survey, which found 34% of Canadian firms surveyed had a formal BYOD policy in place, particularly driven by the need to address security concerns.

Also noted in the article is a lack of intent to pursue mobile UCC, where just 10% of respondents were looking to connect their mobile workers into their corporate PBX infrastructure. This despite the fact that linking a corporate number to an employee provided smartphone has huge cost avoidance and security benefits including:

  • Long distance toll savings
  • The ability to control and reassign phone numbers – ensuring that any employees who leave your organization don’t take your customers with them!
  • The ability to share presence / availability information
  • Seamless Integration into voicemail and conferencing

Why are Canadian companies embracing BYOD without a move to support mobile or security policy? For the majority, the focus is on improving employee productivity and retaining talent – but are businesses rushing in to a good thing while ignoring the potential risks to their business?

It is more important than ever to think through how to secure the information, conversations and continuity of your business by establishing a proper BYOD policy for your business. The importance of providing secure connectivity to employee owned device – through session border controller and identity engine technologies – is of paramount importance in ensuring you have a supportable BYOD policy.

For a more in-depth look at how to move to BYOD – check out the Avaya Leadership Guide to Mobile Collaboration / BYOD.

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