Zinopy announced results of a survey that found 82% of IT managers have had demands from employees for Apple iPads and 79% for Apple iPhones. This compares with 56% who have received demands for Android based smartphones, 36% for Android base tablets and 39% for Blackberry phones.
The Zinopy survey was carried out in May 2013, with 57 senior Irish IT executives and aimed to explore the reality in Irish businesses behind the BYOD hype and also to examine how businesses are protecting their wireless networks.
Despite the large numbers of employees asking for Apple mobile devices for work related activities, there is disparity with those who have formally authorised their use, with 68% of the IT managers saying they have done so. A total of 29% said they still do not allow employees to bring their own devices into the work place but they do have plans to enable it at some point in the future. One in ten said they have no plans to allow BYOD in their organisation.
Security was the main challenge in relation to BYOD, with more than half of those surveyed citing securing the device as the main concern. Establishing a corporate policy on acceptable use is a key challenge for a quarter of respondents.
Additionally, more than half of the IT managers reported a 50% increase in the number of devices accessing their wireless network. To securely manage this, Irish organisations need to implement technologies that can enforce policies across the network, to devices and applications.
John Ryan, CEO, Zinopy commented on the results, “BYOD has been one of the buzz words of the last couple of years, ever since Apple introduced its range of iPhones. Employees have since had an increasing role to play in the mobile strategy of their employers and in some cases are forcing the hand of the IT department to enable these devices.
In order to have a modicum of control and properly secure the business, employers and employees need work together.
“However, a recent worldwide survey of employees, carried out by Aruba Networks, found that almost half of European employees are fearful of allowing their employers to have access to their personal mobile devices as this opens up access to their personal information.
“These concerns are leading many employees to keep their personal devices away from the IT department, with one in six of the European workers in the Aruba survey admitting that they have not told their employers that they use a personal device for work related activities.
“From our survey we identified a 50% increase in the number of devices accessing the wireless networks. If these devices are unsecured, they are putting the data they are accessing as well as the entire network at risk. Securing the wireless network would protect corporate data and ensure optimum levels of confidentiality.
“We have worked closely with Aruba Networks for a number of years and many of our customers are experiencing the benefits of its ClearPass platform as it helps them to manage the influx of mobile devices and manage the network policies, admit guest users, and even secure, distribute and manage mobile work applications.”
Andrew Clarke, channel manager UK & Ireland, Aruba Networks said, “The presence of personal devices in the workplace creates a data tug-of-war between staff and employers. All devices must be properly secured, but employees don’t want their personal information to be accessed either.
Businesses need to become more flexible in how they segment employee data to ensure that sensitive information is kept safe without disrupting the user experience. This requires a combination of new technology and network controls that are properly enforced.”