A new study by Altodigital, an independent supplier of digital print and document solutions for the legal sector, has revealed that despite the BYOD trend continuing to surge with more than two thirds (73%) of law firms* admitting to ‘bringing their own devices’, almost half (46%) are still without a specific IT strategy in place to manage the process, putting their IT systems at detrimental risk.

Mobile printing – an application of BYOD and something 9% of law firms are currently doing and a further 73% are planning to – presents even more serious security implications if not properly managed, especially if staff are using unproven and un-tested mobile print software as 47% are. Just 7% said they used company-approved software for mobile printing. It appears both these factors could be causing some serious problems; 40% of respondents within the legal sector admitted they had faced IT problems as a result of this lack of strategy; the most common being network security breaches or viruses (71%), network and connectivity issues (48%) and lack of email or internet access (23%).

Tony Burnett, group sales director at Altodigital, said: “BYOD is not a new trend, and as the research shows, it is enjoying widespread adoption among businesses of all kinds. However, despite this, it’s staggering that so few companies in such a security-sensitive sector have a dedicated policy in place to appropriately cope with this, especially given the very real IT and security issues that can be caused as a result. In fact, of those without a BYOD strategy currently in place, 46% said they had no plans to develop one at all.”

* The study, which questioned 92 decision makers in law firms across the UK, was commissioned by Altodigital to help it better understand emerging document and print trends within the legal sector. The infographic shows the results of a wider cross-industry study. There are currently two main applications of mobile print; public printing through specific print apps and public hotspots, and corporate printing, utilising solutions that enable printing from smartphone and tablet technology to any device within the business network.

 

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