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RESEARCH NEWS: UK leads the way in secure flexible working

UK SMEs are ensuring staff work securely in the BYOD era, according to new research carried out by YouGov in association with Citrix.

Thirty-four per cent of decision makers said their SME had policies, procedures or IT systems in place to manage personal communications for business devices.

This compares to an average of 28 per cent in Europe and the rest of the world, and only 19 per cent in the U.S.

The need for a dedicated BYOD security strategy was underlined by the fact that a whopping 47 per cent of respondents surveyed in the UK said their employees are already using their personal devices for work.

The majority (55 per cent) of senior directors and managers said they rely on smart phones compared to 54 per cent who selected PCs and 52 per cent laptops.

Robert Gratzl, managing director, VP and GM EMEA, online services division at Citrix said: “In encouraging mobile flexible working, it is good to see the UK taking the lead in putting security policies in place. They are rightly anxious about their firms’ potential exposure, with particular concerns around remote network access and document downloads, for example.

“However, like other countries, they still have some way to go, with almost two-thirds possibly lacking the tools and processes to automatically delete business information from employees’ personal devices if, for example, they are lost or stolen.”