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Absolute Software Research Reveals UK Businesses Lag Behind US with Mobile Policies

By: Absolute Team | 12/14/2012

New research commissioned by Absolute Software reveals that the benefits of consistent mobile policies is still not understood by businesses, despite widespread use of mobile devices in the workplace, both under bring your own device (BYOD) or corporate owned, personally-enabled (CoPE) environments. Our research reveals that 32% of UK businesses have no formal or enforceable policy or process in place to manage the use of mobile devices in the workplace.

Research firm Vanson Bourne conducted the survey on our behalf, surveying 600 IT decision makers from a variety of vertical sectors in the UK, France and Germany, comparing to the already released research of 600 IT decision makers in the US.

A Snapshot of Mobile Security in the UK, France and Germany Workplace:

  • 32% of UK businesses have no formal or enforceable policy or process in place to manage the use of mobile devices in the workplace
  • 7% of UK companies rely on BYOD alone to supply employees with mobile devices (lower than the 18% in the US)
  • 15% of France and 16% of Germany use BYOD to supply employees with mobile devices
  • The most common method of securing corporate data on a smartphone or tablet is for employees to agree a remote lock and wipe if the device is lost or stolen – this accounts for two thirds (68%) of UK companies.
  • 38% of UK companies offer a hybrid BYOD/CoPE model
  • Nearly 3 in 10 of UK, France and German companies report they would neither allow choice nor use of personal devices and that IT dictated what device and platform employees could use
  • Almost one fifth of UK companies did nothing to secure data on mobile devices (compared to only 8% in the US)
  • Nearly 10% of UK companies don't restrict access (31% use an MDM, 41% use a global NAC solution/gateway)

Our data shows that the UK, France and Germany lag further behind the US in terms of mobile security. Our report further examines the expansive impact mobile devices have on IT operations and security and the need to securely manage and support mobile deployments across a multitude of operating systems and form factors. The report examines trends in BYOD, the challenges in securing corporate data and offers specific recommendations to help companies address the current issue around BYOD and app security.