Posted by Tony Abou-Assaleh on May 13th, 2015

Does your organization have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy that prioritizes secure file sharing software?

Many people use personal devices – such as phones, tablets, and computers – for work. IBM research indicates that almost 85% of people would rather carry one into the office than a morning cup of coffee.

A Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group BYOD study researched the habits of 2,500 people across 18 industries in six countries. It found that the preference for private phones and computers is partly because employees are more productive when using them.

The study also confirmed a concerning trend: Employees use personal devices to handle important – and sometimes confidential – business files, without security measures in place.

Common BYOD Risks

Employees commonly make the following security errors when using their personal devices at work:

  • 35% of employees store work passwords on their mobile devices
  • Almost 40% of employees don’t use their devices’ auto-lock feature
  • About half of employees let other people borrow their phones and tablets, which contain business documents

Can Your Business Benefit From a BYOD Policy While Securing Corporate Data?

Increased productivity levels are a likely result of implementing a BYOD policy.

The BYOD employees who Cisco surveyed save, on average, almost 40 minutes each week. Americans reap the highest reward. They enjoy an extra 80 minutes of productivity each week by using personal devices.

In digital and interconnected work environments, these high levels of productivity result from an ability to easily communicate and share information when using personal devices.

However, email is inherently unsafe and therefore not the secure file sharing method your BYOD policy needs – particularly on personal devices outside the corporate network.

Even if an employee who receives a document uses encryption software, the sender may not take the same precautions. As a result, confidential data is prone to leaks and breaches.

Software that safely transfers files – and can be used on all personal devices – would solve this issue.

In particular, a platform that uses zero-knowledge security is ideal. This feature is an added layer of protection that only allows you to hold the encryption key.

By implementing secure file sharing software as part of a BYOD policy, your organization can benefit from increased productivity while maintaining digital privacy.

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