Workplaces Lacking Mobile Policies

29 per cent of workplaces across Europe have no policies in place around the use of mobile devices, despite the ever-increasing prevalence of them. That’s the key finding of a survey of 546 IT professionals across Europe conducted by Kaseya, which provides automated IT systems management software.

The survey also highlighted a disconnect between the lack of policies, and the value that businesses place on having mobile access to information. 67 per cent of respondents across Europe reported mobile access as either critical or fairly important to their business. There is some disparity between regions, with 81 per cent of UK and 75 per cent of German respondents reporting mobile access as critical or fairly important, while figures for BeNeLux and France are 55 per cent and 51 per cent respectively.

Other key findings from the research include:

  • 39 per cent of businesses reported a ‘vast majority’ of staff were regularly using mobile devices for work purposes (over 80 per cent of the workforce his figure is even higher in Germany (57 per cent) and BeNeLux (40 per cent)
  • The biggest concerns for the business when it comes to mobile access are data loss (39 per cent), data leaks (33 per cent); theft of contacts (23 per cent); and availability (16 per cent)
  • 23 per cent of businesses rate their annual cost of data loss at over €1,000. In France and the UK, however, 9 per cent and 11 per cent (respectively) of businesses estimated the potential cost in excess of €5,000.

“We know that addressing the challenges of mobile devices on the corporate network has become a mission critical operation for IT staff,” says Kaseya marketing director, Koby Amedume. “This research highlights the need for IT departments across Europe to ensure they are able to securely and easily allow access to their network from mobile devices – whether these are from laptop computers, smartphone devices or the increasing number of tables on the market. The challenge for IT departments is to allow full device management across the plethora of products now available and being introduced to the company by employees.”