The results of a survey conducted by expert IT solutions consultancy ramsac suggest that well over half of companies do not have a policy in place to securely manage employee owned devices being used in the workplace. The survey showed a worrying 62% of responders are yet to enforce privacy and security measures through the use of third party devices using the business network and WiFi services. The results also show that nearly two thirds (58%) have concerns about the implications of mobile device users on corporate IT securit
Robert May, Managing Director of ramsac commented on the results, “Despite the growing levels of mobile device and remote access usage on many corporate networks (our results suggest 87% of businesses allow this either across the board or for specific members of staff), there is still a noticeable gap between making this facility available and fully protecting it against misuse. To paraphrase the old adage, the security of any business network is only as good as its weakest link and sadly it would appear that in many cases, staff-owned devices are that crucial gap in the corporate IT defences.”
The survey was held in conjunction with ramsac’s recent ‘Technology on the Go!’ seminar which was held in Guildford and covered a number of related mobile working topics including the 4G Network roll out and the implications for business usage, a look at the mobile devices in the pipeline and the potential benefits of using them and also the management of mobile devices and the risks associated with them.
Robert May added, “Having spoken to delegates at the seminar and looking at the results, it is clear that there is still progress needed in many businesses with regards to sensibly adopting a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) strategy. Interestingly of the responders that advised that they allow remote access, the majority had it in place for management, technical staff and mobile sales people rather than for the whole company, so it could be that there is a perception that this presents less of a risk. However, as an IT support company with a broad range of clients, we have seen that an unauthorised incursion into a company’s IT systems can happen through any endpoint if it is not properly secured. We would urge any business that uses remote access or BYOD to fully review its security procedures and if necessary to seek independent advice from a professional IT team to ensure that the benefits of being able to use business systems from any location don’t end up causing more risk than they are worth.”
Founded in 1991, ramsac offers a ‘menu’ of outsourced stress-free IT services that allows clients to match their individual needs. For some clients it may simply be support at the end of the phone, for others a part-time network manager, for many businesses its help in developing a longer term overall IT strategy. Whatever the requirement clients are guaranteed impartial, jargon-free advice.
This enables those businesses and organisations for which a dedicated in-house IT department may not be practical, to outsource all or part of their IT needs. In return they benefit from properly planned cutting edge IT solutions and support without any of the headaches often associated with managing technology. The end result is that any business can now get top level joined-up grown up IT advice for a fraction of the cost.
ramsac is committed to providing excellence in customer service and is proud to maintain a 97% client retention rate. The company won the 2011 Toast of Surrey Award for the ‘Companies with a turnover of up to £5m’ category and sponsored and judged the same award in 2013. ramsac is also an ISO 9001 Quality Approved firm, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a Citrix Silver Partner and an accredited Investor in People.
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