CTIA survey: Large disconnect between employees, IT over BYOD


A majority of employees surveyed by Harris Interactive--on behalf of the CTIA wireless trade association--said that they use personal mobile devices to access work data whether their companies permit it or not.

At the same time, 60 percent of IT professionals said that one-quarter (or fewer) of their employees use personal mobile devices to access company data, suggesting there is a large disconnect between what employees are doing and what IT thinks employees are doing.

For the survey, Harris polled 250 IT decision makers and more than 1,000 employees.

Surprisingly, more than one-quarter of IT decision makers had not heard of the term BYOD before. In addition, 42 percent of IT decisions makers admitted that their company does not have a BYOD policy in place, while 47 percent of employees agreed that there was no policy in place.

Between 68 percent and 70 percent of IT decision makers said that they were confident about their efforts to secure smartphones and tablets in the enterprise, while between 83 percent and 85 percent of employees expressed the same confidence level.

When it comes to who is responsible for mobile device security, 82 percent of employees and 67 percent of IT professionals said it is the employee's responsibility.

And when asked what steps they had taken to protect their mobile devices, 63 percent of employees said they have installed or used software updates; while 58 percent said they have used password and PINs.

For more:
- check out the Harris-CTIA survey results

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