Did you know smartphones sales have increased by as much as 63% since 2010? Just about everyone has some sort of mobile device, and more and more employers are encouraging, and sometimes even pressuring, employees to bring their smartphones to work. What employers fail to realize is, allowing employees to use their own smartphones and mobile devices at work puts private company data at risk. How?
Lack of Necessary Protection
Using personal smartphones or mobile devices increases employee productivity, and even encourages them to check company email outside of work. Businesses are jumping at these opportunities, doing whatever it takes for a few hours of inexpensive labor. Companies are not implementing necessary precautions and protective measures. In fact, as many as 71% of employers allowing employees to use their own devices, do not have any security measures in place.
Getting Lost in the Grand Scheme of Things
With up to 67% of employees bringing a personal iPad into work, you would expect employers to stay on top of things like device management. The overwhelming majority of businesses are neglecting mobile device management systems, most likely due to mobile devices getting lost in the grand scheme of things. Personal mobile devices are not used exclusively, but as part of a cloud computing system, so the need to secure them and implement mobile device management software often gets overlooked.
Employers need to recognize that more and more employees are using their own devices at work. Letting company data on these devices go unprotected, and neglecting to adopt mobile device management systems, is irresponsible and risky.