BYOD Activity Up, Often Uncontrolled

By: Absolute Editorial Team | 11/3/2014

Ovum recently released the results of its Employee Mobility Survey 2014, highlighting the scale and impact of BYOD and the current challenges in managing mobility. The survey reveals that BYOD is still growing and that organizations are still struggling to deal with it.

This is the third time Ovum has surveyed full-time employees on their use of mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops) in the workplace. The 2014 survey includes responses from 5,187 employees across 19 different geographies.

Richard Absalom, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Mobility and Productivity Software for Ovum, shares that 69.2% of employees use their own devices to access corporate data, up from 56.8% in 2013. This shows that BYOD is having a greater impact on data security than ever before.

The highest rates of BYOD occurring in high-growth markets (including the BRICs) and among younger employees. Differences between job roles and verticals are not so stark: this behavior is now simply a fact of life for organizations everywhere, regardless of their stance toward it.

The report further explores the idea of bring your own application (BYOA), which includes cloud productivity applications (file sync and share, enterprise social networks, IM / VOIP). These applications enable employees to communicate and collaborate no matter which device is being used, and is a growing trend organizations need to be aware of. The research further emphasizes the employees are interacting with multiple devices in a typical work day, often sharing documents between these devices using cloud-based applications.

According to the report, “a lot of BYOD activity is still going unmanaged or happening directly against corporate policy,” with dire consequences for data security. It is clear from the report that data sharing across devices is a key area where data is put at risk.

Whether it’s the security of the device itself, or instituting Absolute Manage MDM for the sharing of files and media, or a more secure method for securely distributing files, we have you covered.

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