IT | Security

Mobility in the Workplace: Companies Lack Policies

By: Absolute Team | 3/7/2012

Earlier this month we were quoted in a BBC article about the BYOD (bring your own device) movement. These statistics come from some research we commissioned through Coleman Parkes out of the UK in late 2011. The research, "Absolute Mobility in the Workplace", examined the role of mobile devices and mobile applications within the enterprise among 300 CIOs and IT managers in the UK, France and Germany.

Though we didn't publicize the results of this research within North America at the time, we wanted to share some of our findings with you now:

  • 64% of IT managers thought it was too risky to let personal devices be integrated into the business network
  • 52% of companies allowed some form of access via personal devices
  • 31% left employees responsible for the content on their corporate devices
  • 41% left employees in charge of the content on personal devices used for business
  • 15% have completely banned employee devices

John Livingston, CEO at Absolute Software, notes:

"More and more employees expect to be able to use their personal devices for work, whether it’s to access the network and business emails through their smartphone or viewing company information on a tablet. However, auditing and managing, let alone securing, employee-owned devices across a whole host of operating platforms, presents a huge challenge for IT departments, so it comes as no surprise that CIOs have concerns about integration."

As addressed in our whitepaper, companies need to balance personal privacy laws with the importance of protecting consumer and corporate data; leaving employees to be responsible for data opens up corporations for a myriad of security risks.

Learn more about how AbsoluteManage can help your IT department manage all your devices, corporate or employee-owned, from Mac, PC and Android to iOS devices. AbsoluteManage can automate IT processes such as software distribution, patch management and asset inventory and includes the world's first secure document control application - AbsoluteSafe - to allow IT departments to distribute confidential files to employee devices that can be read but not printed, shared or copied.