One of the Gartner researches carried out this summer examined mobile device usage and made some interesting findings about current BYOD systems. Their findings are similar to those made by Mezeo’s survey few months ago. Both surveys questioned drivers to mobile device adoption and security issues related to such practice.
Gartner survey covered organizations with more than 500 employees in several countries. A great number of respondents confirmed that they had BYOD policy in their company’s but their concerns varied.
“Mature countries consider BYOD programs as bringing with them both legal and technical issues, whereas emerging countries only see technical issues. For instance, mature regions are more concerned with security and data privacy regulations for immature MDM than emerging regions,” said Chae-Gi Lee, research director at Gartner.
Majority of respondent organizations confirmed that they either deployed mobile devices already or planned to do so. Gartner expects BYOD to be on the rise and believes such a system is inevitable in the future. Therefore they suggest that IT teams should adopt separate mobile strategy that would enable data management and cost control.
Mezeo research surveyed 150 North American CIOs to discover the most important challenges related to data mobility and security. The respondents were mostly employed in large corporations with more than 1000 employees predominantly from Technology industries. Majority of respondents (80%) rated risk of corporate data leaking and loss of control very highly. Though they would like corporate data to remain in company’s own data centers they haven’t got many options for preventing their employees to keep corporate files in their personal clouds.
Allowing BYOD policy among employees can boost their productivity but this also brings additional security questions. To make data available whenever they need them many employees may decide to use public clouds. This may be a threat for data security but there don’t seem to be many ways for CIOs to control data mobility. 42% of respondents said they haven’t been actively trying to prevent data leakage.
Both researches confirmed that the era of BYOD requires additional solutions for collaboration and this is why companies increasingly turn to the cloud. Many employees in US use tablets and smartphones to access both their personal and professional files remotely. File syncing solutions enabled such a high availability of the files but this may at the same time result in important data being scattered across too many devices. This naturally requires additional security measures and data management planning.