Huddle Releases Device Security and Ownership Survey
Sep 04, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
Organizations need to carefully consider how they address security and control in the post-PC era as 73 percent of US office workers using enterprise-issued tablets admit to downloading personal software and applications onto them, according to a release from Huddle.
In a release, the Company noted that 62 percent do the same on company-issued smartphones and 45 percent on enterprise-issued laptops. The nationwide survey of 2,000 office workers carried out for Huddle by Ipsos MORI revealed the potential security risks resulting from increasingly blurred lines between personal and enterprise devices. While the majority of the 44 percent of US office workers using company-issued devices download personal software such as iTunes, Spotify and Dropbox, 52 percent admit to storing, sharing and working on company documents via their personal smartphones, tablets and laptops.
While 23 percent of office workers are aware of their organization's Bring Your Own Device policy, the study reveals that personal devices are coexisting with enterprise-issued gadgets in the workplace rather than replacing them.
According to the office workers surveyed:
-37 percent of workers store work documents on their personal laptop
-12 percent store enterprise documents on their smartphone
-8 percent store company documents on their personal tablets
-20 percent of workers want to use their personal devices for work purposes
-6 percent of office workers have lost either a laptop, smartphone, or tablet enterprise device
"The meteoric rise of the cloud and mobile devices -- whether personal or company property -- in the workplace, along with people's expectations that they should be able to work from any location, at any time, means it's no longer possible to keep all corporate data on company premises," said Alastair Mitchell, CEO, Huddle. "The post-PC era is well and truly here. Organizations now need to consider how they stop company data walking out of the door with people and what measures need to be put in place to ensure teams can get their jobs done without compromising security. Providing teams with enterprise-grade apps that support collaboration on the move, as well as being simple to use, will help ensure they don't start using consumer tools to provide easier ways to access the information they need. These apps should come with granular permission, encryption in transit and at rest, and remote wipe capabilities."
According to the study, office workers in the 25 - 31 and 32 - 38 year old age groups are the worst offenders for downloading personal apps and software on company-issued devices:
-57 percent of 25 - 31 year olds and 55 percent of 32 - 38 year olds download personal apps and software onto enterprise laptops
-81 percent of 32 - 38 year olds and 70 percent of 25 - 31 year olds download personal apps and software onto enterprise smartphones
-82 percent of 32 - 38 year olds download personal apps and software onto enterprise tablets
When it comes to stashing enterprise content on personal laptops, tablets and smartphones, office workers aged 18 - 24 years old are the most likely culprits as:
-51 percent keep work documents on personal laptops
-42 percent store work files on personal smartphones
-11 percent keep enterprise documents on personal tablets
Huddle provides next generation content collaboration.
The company is privately held and backed by venture capital firms DAG Ventures, Eden Ventures, Matrix Partners and Jafco Ventures.
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