DEVICES AND DATA: THE ENTERPRISE FRONTIER
In the enterprise space, bring your own device (BYOD) is not a new concept. With technical strides forward in mobility and internet access virtually everywhere, employees are now accessing corporate information on numerous devices across a variety of locations. Combined with the ‘always-on’ mindset of 21st century business, employees have the scope to get tasks done more quickly than before. However, with increased connectedness comes increased security concern.
The days of sensitive corporate information being safely tucked away in the data centre are long gone. Essentially, every mobile device, every laptop and every desktop used by employees to store business information could be a potential entry point for a hacker or piece of malware.
So how much corporate data is actually stored at the endpoint, and is it really worth the investment to keep it safe? According to UK-based CIOs and CISOs surveyed in our recent Datastrophe Study, up to 47 percent of corporate information is stored at the endpoint today. Needless to say, the downtime or potential fallout for that much company data falling into the wrong hands or being corrupted could destroy a business, so adequate security is a must.
Many companies today know this, and as a result they have set up a clearly defined BYOD policy. In fact, 65 percent of IT decision makers (ITDMs) have one in place and communicate it effectively to the rest of their organisation. Or do they? Interestingly, knowledge workers take a slightly different view, with 67 percent disagreeing with ITDMs, suggesting their organisation does not have clear rules about devices in place.
Oct-Dec 2016 Issue