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.

Many local authorities lagging behind on BYOD, research warns

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Almost half of local authorities in England do not have a bring your own device (BYOD) policy in place, according to new research from Annodata.

The managed service provider submitted a freedom of information request to 79 council districts from all regions in England, and found 42% do not have BYOD implementation.

“The public sector in particular needs to approach BYOD with due diligence and special emphasis needs to be placed on security when employees are using their own devices...

By James Bourne, 16 February 2017, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

10 enterprise mobility acronyms you need to know for 2017

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Once upon a time, enterprise mobility abbreviations were much simpler to follow. Sounds like a fairy tale given today’s business technology landscape, right? As mobility enters 2017 full-tilt, rapid evolution and change will only add to an ever-growing list of industry terms and acronyms that can leave your head spinning. Here are ten must-know mobility abbreviations you’re sure to see in 2017:

BI: Business...

By MOBI, 10 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS, RMAD, Wearables.

UnitedHealthcare and Qualcomm expand corporate wellness program, add BYOD model

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American managed health care company UnitedHealthcare and telecommunications equipment company Qualcomm have announced an improvement and expansion of their wellness program UnitedHealthcare Motion.

The program provides employees with activity trackers at no additional charge and enables them to earn up to $1,500 per year by meeting certain goals for the number of daily steps.

The companies started UnitedHealthcare Motion wellness program in 2016 as a pilot in 12 states. The employers...

By Enterprise CIO, 09 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Wearables.

The key factors in reducing the BYOD mobile security threat

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In its latest report, research firm Ovum reveals that 47% of employees now use their own smartphones to access corporate data, a quarter use a tablet, and 8% use wearables to access information in some form. It’s clear that BYOD is an established feature in today’s always-connected, always-contactable business landscape, and organisations therefore need to put secure mobility management measures in place. What are the principle considerations to bear in mind for this...

By Dave Schuette, 22 December 2016, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Gartner survey reaffirms enterprise mobile device adoption not yet mature

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The latest note from analyst firm Gartner argues that, in the grand scheme of things, corporate-issued mobile device adoption remains immature.

The landscape remains less than mature when compared to desktops and laptops, Gartner argues. According to findings from the company’s latest Personal Technologies study, based on responses from more than 9,500 respondents in the US, UK, and Australia, less than a quarter (23%) of employees surveyed are given smartphones, compared with 36% for...

By James Bourne, 29 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Zimperium: 60% of one company’s devices vulnerable to known cyber threats

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Don’t shirk from asking the tough questions, and realise mobile is your greatest cyber vulnerability. That’s the advice mobile security provider Zimperium is giving to organisations as it reveals insights from its Global Threat Intelligence lab.

The company adds that 60% of mobile devices in enterprise BYOD environments are vulnerable to known cyber threats, according to data from one customer with 7,000 mobile devices, and that companies have opened themselves up to an...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

‘Meagre’ levels of reimbursement threaten BYOD productivity, report warns

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A new survey from mobile platform and services provider Syntonic has revealed fewer than three in 10 employees are reimbursed when they use their personal smartphones for work purposes, threatening BYOD plans.

The study, the second in a two-part series on BYOD trends, polled more than 500 employees, and found some alarming statistics.

Only a quarter (24%) of employees are aware of legal requirements when it comes to reimbursement for personal smartphone usage in various US states, while 71% of...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

“There aren’t any instructions in place on BYOD here...the employer is cool with it”

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More than half of respondents in a survey from anti-virus security provider Trustlook say they have never received company instructions for using a personal device at work, while more than three quarters are not familiar with their company’s MDM solution.

The study, which aimed to examine BYOD trends and best practices and polled 320 Trustlook mobile security users, also found that only 39% of companies surveyed have a formal BYOD policy in place even though 70% of employees...

By James Bourne, 20 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, MDM.

EMM 101: A guide from the employee and enterprise perspective

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How do you relate to your mobile? Many people seem to adopt a different mindset when it comes to their phones, compared with their computers.

We tend to treat our mobiles as personal possessions, and so handle them in a fairly relaxed manner. For devices that are corporately owned, this kind of behavior can, unwittingly, lead to breaches in security and may have implications in terms of licensing and costs. It’s up to the enterprise to ensure that user policies for our beloved...

By Su Kent, 11 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, COPE, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.