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Employees in Asia Pacific are more likely to bring their own devices to work compared to their global counterparts, but employers still face some major challenges with policies.

Three quarters (72%) of regional organisations have employees with mobile devices, ahead of the global average of 61%, a survey by Avanade Singapore found. The APAC figures are similar to those reported in Singapore and Malaysia, both reporting 72%, ZDNet reported.

However, the “bring your own device” or BYOD system still poses big concerns for companies, specifically in regards to security, policies and cost.

“From the organisation’s perspective, there are still concerns around data security and compliance. The increase in cost in managing multiple devices and platforms has also created a challenge for some,” Kevin Wo, vice president at Avanade Singapore, said.

Challenges companies face include the lack of investment in training employees on BYOD-related risks and implementing corporate policies on employee-owned devices.

In terms of cost, companies often end up paying more because of each employee’s individual data cost, as opposed to group discounts on corporate devices. Organisations also end up paying more for security and compliance tools to managing employees’ devices – a process that would be more straightforward and affordable with company-owned devices.

Ng Tock Hiong, manager for systems engineering at Cisco Singapore, told ZDNet while Asia’s BYOD adoption is “doing very well”, companies must still ensure it has the proper tools in place to support a secure wireless environment, changes in policies and the right corporate culture.

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