Within the last two years, nearly one-third of European companies lost confidential or customer data because employees used personal mobile devices on the network, finds a new survey from Samsung.
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 permits it or not.
Supporting BYOD is forecasted to cost enterprises $300 per employee annually by 2016, up from a current $100 per employee annually, according to a new Gartner report cited by CRN.
The majority of enterprises have reported at least one mobile security incident within the past 12 months, according to a survey conducted by security firm Symantec.
Companies that allow their employees to bring their own devices to work without instituting a BYOD policy could face a "security nightmare," warned Harry Sverdlove, chief technology officer at security firm Bit9.
The majority of traditional middleware providers such as IBM, Oracle, VMware, SAP and Red Hat, have taken most of this year to develop mobile platform strategies, with integrated offerings not expected until 2013, according to a report on BYOD trends by Current Analysis.
Instead of burying their heads in the sand, Australian firms should recognize that the BYOD trend is a global phenomenon and that their resistance to change cannot be sustained.
Small and medium-sized firms are failing to effectively communicate BYOD policies to employees, opening them up to ineffeciencies and security risks.
Because of poor mobile management strategies, many enterprises are relegating their employees to using the equivalent of graphing calculators when it comes to mobile devices.