Mobility survey sparks warning on policy shortfalls

Employees are increasingly accessing critical business information from mobile devices

Thirty five per cent of IT managers do not have a mobility policy for employees accessing corporate networks, an Australia survey by Kaseya has found.

However, 58 per cent of IT managers allow over 80 per cent of their staff to use mobile devices for business purposes in the workplace.

The Kaseya survey polled 214 IT professionals in Australia last month.

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“The survey clearly points to the increasing prevalence of personal mobile devices in the workplace and employee desire to access information anywhere from any device,” said Dermot McCann, managing director ANZ, Kaseya, in a statement.

Seventy eight per cent of respondents indicated staff were accessing critical or important information from their mobile devices, with one in three cases resulting in the involvement of senior management.

One of the key concerns with mobility access was data loss and data leakage, with 70 per cent of respondents citing this as a main concern.

“Employees are becoming increasingly mobile, and critical business data is being dragged along with them,” McCann said.

“At the same time it would appear that IT managers are now in a situation where they need to extend robust IT systems management controls and security policies to all mobile devices – not just laptops, but all mobile end points.”

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