IT Pros Differ Widely on BYOD Risks vs. Value
BYOD is still a hotly debated enterprise issue between employees and businesses, according to a new survey conducted by email security software as a service provider Mimecast. Forty-seven percent of the IT pros surveyed said consumerization of IT is important to highly important to the enterprise, while 21 percent said BYOD has been a risk to the business.
Mimecast surveyed 500 IT professionals and administrators from the 2012 DevConnections conference held in Las Vegas for the report. Within this survey, the respondents named the specific personal devices they currently own. Over half (56.3 percent) of the respondents indicated they were working on a Windows PC. However, 87.3 percent own a device running off the Apple operating system. Devices with the Android platform were behind iOS with 51.3 percent, while BlackBerry devices followed behind with 19.2.
Respondents stressed the importance of security with BYOD. Seventy-four percent of those surveyed emphasized that the enterprise’s biggest mobile challenge was managing information security. Even though security is a concern, 50.7 percent of respondents claimed that employee access to personal devices was a productivity necessity, while only 7.9 percent said personal devices were detrimental to productivity.
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