The bring your own device (BYOD) trend is undeniably gaining steam because it allows employees to carry out some tasks on the device they're most comfortable with, and saves employers money by reducing the number of devices they have to provide. But according to one study, if companies want to keep their employees happy and their data secure, they must address the demand for mobile diversity by redesigning the way business networks operate.
The survey, conducted by Aruba Networks, found that 90 percent of employees in Europe, the Middle East and Africa used their mobile device for work within the past year, and only 61 percent had a password or passcode protection in place.
"Employees and IT departments are gambling with data security, but chance isn't the only factor," Ben Gibson, chief marketing officer at Aruba, said in a statement. "Employees resent the power their employers now wield over their personal data but are equally unconcerned about keeping company data safe."
The study collected responses from 773 IT professionals and found that 69 percent of organizations allow at least some form of BYOD , including devices that connect to the Internet and/or corporate networks.
In fact, one-third of companies surveyed prohibit employees from connecting their own devices to company-owned networks, and 35 percent said providing adequate Wi-Fi coverage was a significant challenge. In contrast, two-thirds of respondents said their companies sought thoughtful mobility strategies to meet the demands of their employees and their multimedia-rich devices.
Marketplace fragmentation in the mobile-device space presents challenges for IT teams as they attempt to allow network access to devices from multiple manufacturers and carriers, many of which have disparate ways of connecting and combating unauthorized connections.
"Working habits are changing, and more companies must assess the business case for the move towards a mobility-centric network that replaces archaic infrastructures that simply cannot satisfy the demands of the modern-day workforce," said Chris Kozup, senior marketing director at Aruba Networks.