September 2013

And the Survey Says… IT Industry Trends Survey: BYOD

TEKsystems' IT Industry Trend Survey series explores the hottest trends affecting the IT workforce. Recently, we revealed findings from our most recent IT Industry Trend Survey on the topic of BYOD. We surveyed more than 2,000 IT professionals and more than 1,500 IT leaders to gauge their perspective on how important a BYOD policy is to their organization, the challenges most organizations face and the elements of an effective BYOD policy.
Some of the major findings include: 

BYOD is everywhere.

  • Mobile device usage in the workplace has steadily increased. Smartphones are the most prevalent mobile devices, with more than eight out of ten respondents using these personal devices for work-related activities.
  • Fifty-five percent of IT professionals working at an organization with a BYOD policy in place report that their policy effectively addresses accessibility concerns and employee satisfaction.
  • Despite the IT leader and professional perspectives aligning, nearly half of all respondents believe their organizations’ BYOD policy is achieving middle-of-the-road effectiveness to completely ineffective. 
  • Users’ BYOD comfort level comes with risk.
  • Respondents feel comfortable with how BYOD policies impact them but are not comfortable with how they could impact the companies they work for.
    • Seventy-three percent believe sensitive company data may be compromised when employees access information from personal devices. And nearly a quarter of IT leaders and a third of IT professionals say the data is at “great” risk.
    • Moreover, 35 percent of IT leaders and 25 percent of IT professionals are not confident their organizations’ BYOD policy is compliant with government-mandated regulations.

BYOD policies are grey.

  • Nearly half of IT leaders believe their organizations’ BYOD policy is crystal clear, while only about a third of IT professionals agree. 
  • Ironically, the majority of respondents say they fully understand their organizations’ stance on BYOD and the risks associated with it, indicating this “understanding” may be based on unclear or inaccurate information.
  • Precautions are necessary. 
  • Nearly half of respondents report their organization allows end users to install whatever they want on their personal devices, while considering how and what is being installed via the corporate network makes sensitive company data less prone to being compromised.
  • Sixty-seven percent of IT leaders and 54 percent of IT professionals say their company has the ability to remotely wipe data off employee devices should they be lost, stolen or the employee is terminated.
  • Seventy-one percent of IT leaders and 64 percent of IT professionals report their organization does not have mandatory end-user training to educate employees and protect the company from the risks associated with BYOD. 

How the IT community perceives the current state of the industry and its future provides insights into potential technology demands, as well as how IT consultants can position themselves to remain their company's best resource for meeting those needs. TEKsystems works to understand the behaviors, goals and concerns of IT professionals in order to provide them with tools and advice required for professional growth. See our BYOD research page for an executive summary, white paper, infographic and video covering this survey’s findings.

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