Millions of people unwrapped new devices on Christmas Day. Smartphones, tablets, laptops and other gear prompted a flurry of new device activations. Christmas Day consistently sees the highest number of new device activations and app installs each year (hence why the season is also one of the highest for theft).
In 2014, more than 51% of new devices unwrapped worldwide were Apple devices, followed by Samsung (17.7%) and Nokia (5.8%). This year saw a growth in so-called “phablets”, or larger-sized phones such as the iPhone 6 Plus, though most activations were still for regular-sized phones. New app installs spike 150% on Christmas Day, with games and messaging apps being the most prolific.
So, what does this have to do with corporate security? It’s quite simple. The proliferation of BYOD devices, and the increase in the number of BYOD devices per user, means that organizations are seeing an influx of devices into the workplace right now. Many employees may not have alerted IT to their new devices, but chances are they are already using them for work.
We talked earlier about the 5 Employee Typologies and how they impact data security; chances are your organization is dealing with new devices from all of these types. Take time now to ensure you have proper protections in place for all of these new devices.
January is a good time to review mobile device policies with employees, and remind employees of the important role they play in protecting corporate data. If you don’t already have it in place, you can support your mobile initiatives with solutions such as Absolute Manage, which makes enrolling and managing BYOD devices a breeze. Better yet, we can monitor the security of these devices, from encryption status to the presence of blacklisted apps, and provide you with secure options for employees to access and use corporate data. Learn more here.