Despite BYOD security worries, SMBs are slow to deploy MDM, survey finds
While 61 percent of small and medium-sized businesses have implemented a BYOD policy, only 37 percent are managing or plan to manage those devices using a mobile device management product, according to a survey of 991 SMB IT professionals conducted by Spiceworks and sponsored by MDM firm Fiberlink.
Yet, a full 84 percent of respondents are worried about security threats posed by mobile devices in the enterprise, according to the survey.
Close to half of companies that have not deployed an MDM product said it was because they did not perceive a significant enough security threat to warrant the investment, while 36 percent claimed that they lacked the knowledge to proceed with the implementation of a MDM technology and another 34 percent cited budgetary concerns.
"It's clear BYOD support will continue to grow so the industry conversation must evolve from 'whether to how' IT organizations can better manage and secure the devices employees bring to work each day. The results of the survey also highlight an opportunity for mobile device management vendors to help SMBs understand the issues associated with BYOD policies and how MDM offerings can help," said Kathryn Pribish, Voice of IT program manager at Spiceworks.
Of those companies with BYOD policies, 91 percent and 92 percent of respondents support Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone and iPad devices, respectively, while 90 percent support Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android-based smartphones and 83 percent support Android-based tablets.
Smaller SMBs with fewer than 250 employees are more likely to have a BYOD policy, with 69 percent saying they support BYOD. Companies with more than 250 employees have a higher adoption rate of MDM technologies, with 21 percent having already adopted or currently implementing, and another 25 percent planning to do so within six months.
Of the respondents investing in MDM technologies, more than half selected a cloud-based product, the survey found.
- see the Spiceworks report (reg. req.)