Survey: 84% of companies allow employees to use consumerized IT

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A survey of IT professionals indicates that 84 percent of organizations allow their employees to use consumerized IT such as iPads, iPhones, Facebook and Twitter to conduct business communications.

The survey, conducted by Proofpoint and Osterman Research, questioned 632 people from enterprises and government agencies to determine how companies are responding to security and compliance challenges amid the consumerization of IT.

The survey also showed that to mitigate associated risks, organizations are turning away from a trust-only approach and implementing three-layer security and compliance strategies that include trust, policy and technology. Seventy-three percent of those polled stated that they are using a combination of policy and trust, 51 percent have implemented strategies that leverage policy and technology and 11 percent are relying on "employee good judgment" alone.

"Consumerized IT in the workplace is a fact of life, and organizations recognize that they must act to integrate it in a secure and compliant manner," Michael Osterman, principal of Osterman Research, said in the statement. "Trust will always be an essential part of any security and compliance strategy, but it is encouraging to discover that half of those polled know that trust alone will not provide an effective defense."

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