Even at companies with BYOD (bring-your-own-device) policies, users may still be reluctant to officially register their tablets and smartphones with IT, instead preferring to covertly access the network. That's according to a new study that shows employees are concerned about losing their personal data if they officially register their devices with the IT organization at their company. To ensure compliance with policies, managed services providers (MSPs) may need to win over small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) employees with promises to protect personal data.

Aruba Networks, Inc. (ARUN) conducted the survey of more than 3,000 employees around the world. American respondents, specifically, fear the loss of personal data more than other regions of the world, the study revealed. Around 66 percent of American respondents claimed that they fear the loss of data, compared to the 45 percent of Europeans and 40 of Middle Easterners who felt the same.

More than 50 percent of Americans said their IT department takes no steps to ensure the security of corporate files and applications on their personal devices, a concern that has forced many employees to keep personal devices away from IT departments. Seventeen percent of Americans have not told their employers that they use a personal device for work. If you think that's frightening, keep reading.

Eleven percent of American respondents said they would not report a compromised device, while 36 percent said they would not report leaked data immediately.

According to the survey, these numbers come from a distrust of IT departments and employee fear about what IT may do with personal data. Forty-five percent of respondents in the United States worry about their IT department's access to personal data.

Should MSPs include policies and guarantees to customers' employees on personal data?