Is your favourite app in the top 10 blacklisted enterprise apps?

Fiberlink, the enterprise mobility provider responsible for the MaaS360 software, has come up with research from millions of devices under its remit as to the least popular apps for enterprises – and cloud storage provider Dropbox was the number one banned app for both iOS and Android devices.

As reported by ZDNet, Dropbox was a presence across the board for blacklisted apps, but curiously also appeared in the top 10 iOS whitelisted apps. That’s not the case for Facebook, Netflix, SugarSync and Angry Birds, which were also in the banned list for both iOS and Droid, which leads to an interesting situation regarding Dropbox – companies appear to be unsure as to its position.

Take into account a story last year of an anonymous employee whose Dropbox password was used on a third party site which was then hacked into, resulting in a huge email list to spam. Evidently, a security breach or data loss via Dropbox would be a disaster of cataclysmic proportions to the C-level execs, yet the fact it’s not blacklisted across the board indicates some trust.

For iOS, the full list of banned apps is: Dropbox, SugarSync, BoxNet, Facebook, Google Drive, Pandora, SkyDrive, Angry Birds, HOCCER and Netflix.

For Android, the top 10 is: Dropbox, Facebook, Netflix, Google+, Angry Birds, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Books, SugarSync, Google Play Music and Google+ Hangouts.

Of course, this underpins a more general sense of grievance with a BYOD policy. If you are bringing a personal device to work, the company is allowed to say what you can and can’t use on it, which makes it almost seem as though it’s not your device.

Then again, is an overall ‘blacklist’ policy too Draconian? For CTOs looking at the data and CFOs looking at the bottom line, ensuring nothing is left to chance would be the wiser option, especially in organisations with employees in the thousands when it becomes increasingly difficult to monitor each individual employee. Yet worker happiness could suffer.

It’s certainly something of a tightrope to traverse. A study from Accenture in January revealed that personal devices aid workplace productivity – so should employees get more freedom?  

Adobe Reader, Google and Citrix Receiver were on both OS lists for whitelisted apps – whilst the iOS whitelisted selection contained the list of iBooks, Numbers and Pages, the Droid list was more diverse featuring Lookout, ZXing and, interestingly, Skype.

Fiberlink recently announced compatibility between its MaaS360 platform and Google Glass – purportedly the first of its kind.

What do you make of the list? Do you agree with a blanket blacklist policy, or should there be more give and take?

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