Organizations Lack Formal Mobility Policies

By Dennis McCafferty
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The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) approach seems to be "business as usual" at most companies these days, according to a recent survey from CompTIA. However, relatively few of these organizations have implemented a formal mobility policy. While the informal sharing of best practices can help educate users, a formal policy will firmly establish what is—and isn't— acceptable when it comes to downloading apps and other activities. "Mobile devices get used heavily in employees' personal lives, but there are enterprise aspects—such as encryption, proper security settings and enterprise apps—that require further and ongoing education," says Seth Robinson, director of technology analysis at CompTIA. Meanwhile, "one employee, three devices" is emerging as a new norm because organizations aren't entirely abandoning old-school desktop computers when they invest in mobile devices. "PCs, smartphones and tablets will all remain major components in the workplace for some time," Robinson says. A total of 400 U.S. business and IT executives—all of whom are directly involved in setting or executing mobility policies and processes within their organization—took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-06-20
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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