Survey reveals alarming exposure to £500,000 data breach fines

Survey reveals alarming exposure to £500,000 data breach fines

Are you driving too fast down the BYOD road?

Last week, we surveyed 336 small-medium businesses and discovered widespread, unregulated use of personal mobile devices in the work environment. Nearly three-quarters of business and IT managers (73%) either don’t have (50%), or don’t know they have (23%), a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy for their organisation. 

This is despite the fact that an employee data breach – for example, if customer data has not been encrypted on a mobile device – can incur a fine of up to £500,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

This is not good news for small-medium organisations that don’t have a BYOD policy in place. If an employee fails to use their personal device in a secure way – for example, using passcodes and encryption – and corporate data is breached, it’s the organisation that’s responsible. Ultimately, the business directors are most liable to feel the wrath of a regulatory authority.

67% of people use personal devices at work, regardless of the office’s official BYOD policy.


Unfortunately, small-medium organisations are particularly vulnerable, as they often don’t have the same business structures and procedures in place as larger enterprises. Yet, perhaps ironically, they’re the people who are most likely to embrace the game-changing flexibility and speed that comes with BYOD.

Nearly three-quarters of organisations deploying user-focused BYOD report improvements in employee productivity, customer response times and work processes.


To help steer businesses down the thorny BYOD road, over the next few weeks we’ll be emailing free bite-size guides on pretty much everything small-medium organisations need to know about bringing your own devices into the working environment.

If you’d like to receive the ‘BYOD Bible’ mini-series, please email . To keep up to speed on BYOD management, technology, news and views, please follow us on Twitter (@CloudDirect), LinkedIn or Facebook.  

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