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Published Date: 30/07/2012 11:55:37
Businesses have increasingly been allowing employees to use their own laptop, tablet and smartphone devices in the workplace as a means to cut down their hardware costs and promote flexible working.
Named the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, the practice is considered to be an effective cost cutting measure that also reduces the need for managers to provide extensive training to staff.
However, given that the policy involves employees using their personal gadgets to access sensitive company data, there are certain security issues to consider, and one expert believes that firms which allow BYOD have to take this into account.
"[Organisations implementing BYOD will be] thinking about email and any business application, in which case they've got to consider how to protect themselves," said Nick Rathod, mobility lead EMEA at Shoretel.com.
Given the potential security pitfalls that can result from allowing BYOD, business insurance could be a vital asset for firms looking to protect themselves against losses that could occur as a consequence of any system breaches.