Why mobile devices should never be 'trusted'

Enterprise mobile device adoption has soared in recent years, due to the realisation that enabling a mobile workforce benefits productivity and can improve employee retention. Despite these positives, unrestricted access to company data creates a host of security risks, such as data exfiltration and unwarranted access to confidential data.

In a bid to secure corporate devices from these risks, many IT teams have turned to the ‘trusted’ device security model. But this method of securing devices is...

By Mike Schuricht, 10 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

One in four companies only use passwords as BYOD defence, research finds

Here’s a worrying security statistic in research released today by Bitglass: one quarter of organisations use passwords only for BYOD security.

The research, which took its cue from more than 200 IT and security professionals surveyed at a recent Gartner conference, found that external sharing was the leading cloud security concern for those polled, cited by 45%. Other security scares include malware protection (40%) and unmanaged device access (40%).

For those who do use multi-factor authentication to...

By James Bourne, 02 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, BYOD, Identity, Privacy, Security.

New figures show encouraging BYOD usage in healthcare

More than two thirds of healthcare organisations say some form of bring your own device (BYOD) is allowed in their hospitals – up 13% from this time last year.

That is the verdict from Spok, a secure communications provider for clinical industries. The study, whose results were put in an infographic, polled more than 350 healthcare executives, and not surprisingly found data security the biggest reason why organisations were concerned about a BYOD model.

Physicians...

By James Bourne, 28 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Security pros unsure on facial recognition with fingerprints on top, survey finds

Apple’s shiny new iPhone X will include ‘Face ID’ biometrics – but security practitioners appear to have their doubts over the technology’s perceived benefits.

Cloud security software provider Bitglass polled 129 attendees at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas in July and found that for one in five (19.4%) respondents, facial recognition was considered the least effective security tool, only ahead of password-protected documents (33.3%).

Fingerprints – cited by 3.1% -...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

The post-digital generation: How connectivity is changing the workplace

In the month up to December 2016, it is estimated that there will be 42.4 million smartphone users in the UK. In January 2017, the Labour Force Survey found that there were 31.85 million people in employment. When there are 10.55 million more smartphones per user than there are employees in the UK, it becomes clear how and why the smartphone has changed our day-to-day working practices — but is it for better or for worse?

Research has suggested that seven out of 10 18-24 year olds check their phones in...

By Lee Dover, 21 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Juniper forecasts in-flight Wi-Fi services to proliferate by 2022

In its recently released whitepaper titled “The Top 4 Disruptors of In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity”, Juniper Research has projected that commercial aircraft adopting in-flight Wi-Fi services will reach 14,419 globally by 2022. The prediction is up from an estimation of 5,243 in 2017, which means that over half of the global fleet will offer such services in 2022, compared with just under a quarter in 2017.

The increase is mainly driven by the impact of the BYOD (bring your own device)...

By Enterprise CIO, 11 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Cloud , Employees.

Highlights from 2017 Enterprise Mobility Exchange report: Digital transformation, AI, and more

The question of where IT is headed is always a difficult one to answer.

Though it often seems that adoption of new technologies in the enterprise moves at a snail’s pace, every year, new tech is introduced that has the potential to dramatically transform the future of business. At the same time, businesses are constantly figuring out new ways to leverage old technology to their advantage. All of this means that there are a myriad of factors at play when it comes to predicting the new and the next.

To track some of that progress,...

By App47, 25 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, BYOD, COPE, Enterprise Mobility.

Europe more ‘sceptical’ around BYOD with GDPR threat looming, warns Strategy Analytics

The UK, alongside France and Germany, remain ‘sceptical’ around bring your own device (BYOD) and its impact with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to a note from Strategy Analytics.

The company has put together a new report which polled 1,200 IT decision makers across nine vertical markets in the US, UK, France and Germany. According to the research, 10% of companies polled expect personal-liable tablets to decrease over the coming year, citing security concerns, while nearly a...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility.

CIOs in Hong Kong stepping up fight against lax BYOD practices, new data reveals

One in three CIOs polled by Robert Half say a ‘lack of employee knowledge and skills around data security’ will be the biggest security risk their organisation faces in the coming five years.

The study, which surveyed 100 CIOs and CTOs in Hong Kong, found that almost three quarters (74%) of respondents allow their employees to access corporate data on their personal devices.

Only one respondent said their company was doing nothing to protect the company’s data on BYOD, while deployment of...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, CIO, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

A note to CEOs: Shadow IT is not someone else’s problem

Trends like bring your own device (BYOD) and bring your own app (BYOA) – or shadow IT as some industry observers call it - are fast spreading throughout the workplace.

On the whole, they are welcomed by the enterprise for the additional flexibility and productivity benefits they bring.  After all, letting employees use their own phones and apps for work tasks saves time and investment on new IT, right?

But there’s a catch.

Alongside the benefits, shadow IT is also allowing fresh...

By Omri Sigelman, 16 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, BYOD, CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.