When it comes to BYOD and SYOD, businesses need to ensure the safety and integrity of company data. While most people understand the need for anti-virus, anti-spyware and backup services for their personal desktops, they are ignorant of the potential issues that can arise with their tablets. Here is a list of the top seven ways your company can secure data on employee tablets that are used for business.
NEW YORK – That was one of the key points in a presentation by analyst Jack Gold at the TabletBiz conference here today.
In a survey of approximately 270 enterprises in North America, J. Gold Associates found that 80% of respondents said tablets would supplement smart phones, and 60% said that tablets would supplement laptops. However, 40% of respondents said tablets would replace laptops altogether.
In fact, within three years, 40% of respondents said they expect to use mobile devices 75-100% of the time.
But with this growth comes increased security risk. Gold made it clear: "Everything you know about mobile security today is wrong if we look [...]
Speaking with Computer Business Review recently, Kaspersky – the current CEO of InfoWatch and former spouse of Eugene Kaspersky (yes, that Kaspersky, of Internet security solutions fame) – said that BYOD was nearly impossible to manage because there is no tool to support all devices and operating systems.
"I don't even think BYOD is a concept at all, honestly speaking,” said Kaspersky. “In my opinion, it's a mess that was given a beautiful name. It is an unregulated mess.”
(Worth reading: 7 smart steps to make BYOD work more effectively & Can anyone balance enterprise security with employee privacy?)
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Of those responding to the survey, 9 out of 10 believe BYOD will have detrimental effects on network infrastructure. For example, 63% were concerned about increased bandwith requirements, while 44% expect BYOD to result in increased server requirements.
Another interesting nugget from the report – Only 51% of IT professionals said they talk to their employees about how they need to use their personal mobile devices.
CDW surveyed 1,200 IT professionals and 1,200 non-IT professionals who use a personal smartphone and/or tablet for work purposes at least once a week.
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Analyst firm J. Gold Associates’ latest survey found that corporate-issued tablets will grow at an average annual growth rate of 64% over the next three years. By contrast, the expected growth rate for consumer-purchased tablets (BYOD) during the same time period is 31%.
The survey focused on mobile strategies and adoption plans of 270 North American medium to large-sized businesses.
Companies responding to the survey noted that while tablets are less expensive than laptops, the hardware purchase is only 10%-15% of the overall cost of the tablet.
That means managing the apps, security, and permissions make up as much as 90% of the total cost of ownership. [...]
What about maintaining the devices? What about reliability? Who pays the phone bills and who checks the usage? What about liability and security? Longtime computer journalist Colin Barker ponders these questions and more.
The initial issue facing the IT business is that, like it or not, the BYOD phenomenon is happening already. Research conducted by analysts at Ovum indicated that around the world 57 percent of full-time employees use their personal phone at work in some capacity.
And apparently the worldwide stats of those organizations with a BYOD strategy are staggering. South Korea, for example, is the biggest home device user (around 88 [...]