The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said that a blanket ban on personal devices being used in the organisation does not necessarily hinder staff productivity.

Increasing productivity is often cited as a benefit to persuade organisations to enable Bring Your Own Device policies, as it can allow and sometimes encourage staff to work outside their usual working hours and locations.

However, due to the highly sensitive nature of data at the department, the MoD said that it does not allow any employees to connect any personal devices to its network.

"We do have a BYOD policy: don't. Because time has demonstrated to us that one of the key risks to our networks is the introduction of devices to our network," Captain Simon Wise, deputy head of service operations at the MoD's Global Operations Security Control Centre, told a BT Assure roundtable at the Infosecurity Europe conference in London today.

Despite the ban on BYOD, Wise said that the MOD takes a different approach to enabling its employees to be productive, by focusing more on the applications used than the devices.

When it sees a high demand for a certain application, the MoD will react by looking at the application and either buy it from a supplier or ask to operate it under a licence. The application would then only be deployed to employees once it has undergone rigorous testing to see how it operates on the MoD network.

While the number of applications being demanded may not be growing specifically, what is rising is people’s expectations of how quickly they are delivered, Wise said.

“There is a growth in expectation because people want applications quicker. That is because of consumerisation. If they want something, they want it instantly,” he said.

Nevertheless, security testing will not be sacrificed for speed. How quickly an application is delivered to users will depend on how much testing is required and how urgent the need is for the application, Wise added.