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. Nearly 85% of U.S. companies allow their employees to personally manage their own mobile devices, but only 45% require a password to access corporate networks and data – leaving a large gap in overall security.
Nearly every employee today uses a mobile device to access some form of company information or application, sanctioned or not. However, many organizations are inconsistent with their mobile policies, their security falling victim to the fragmentation of devices and services available to employees that choose them. Given the rate of adoption and the huge risks, we hope this information sparks companies to invest in consistent mobile practices.
Research firm Vanson Bourne conducted the survey on our behalf, surveying 600 IT decision makers from a variety of vertical sectors in the US along with 600 in the UK, France and Germany.
A Snapshot of Mobile Security in the US Workplace:
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