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Hanover, Md. – September 23, 2014 – TEKsystems®, a leading provider of IT staffing solutions, IT talent management expertise and IT services, today released the results of a new study that exposes the current state of corporate Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) management as well as the impact mobile technology has on IT professionals’ work lives.
The survey represents the views of more than 300 IT professionals in North America. Key findings include:
BYOD Risk Remains, Yet Management Wanes
Exposure to risk is as much of a threat today as it was in 2013; however, organizations have become less diligent in BYOD management and mitigation.
Mobility–A Blessing and a Curse
Despite the fact that mobile devices provide IT professionals with greater flexibility, they also heighten stress and extend the workday.
No Choice but to Embrace Mobility; Many Suffer from Obsessive Connectedness
Although the majority of respondents would like to be able to disconnect, they acknowledge that mobility gives them greater control over their work life. For many, there is also a sense of urgency about being connected.
Laptop Is Still King
Although it seems smart devices are gaining traction as the favored communication method, when it comes to core work activities, the laptop is still the preferred device.
“The growing deficiency of BYOD policy and management uncovered in this snapshot is astonishing, especially given the heightened threats of cybercrime and mobile security attacks,” says Jason Hayman, TEKsystems market research manager. “The degree of exposure to risk is amplified by the fact that IT professionals and other employees are always connected, working from multiple devices from just about any location. These findings suggest that companies have either become completely overwhelmed by the process of instituting and upholding BYOD controls, don’t feel that there is a legitimate threat, or have made the dangerous assumption that their tech-savvy workforce doesn’t need direction regarding safe use of personal devices.”
TEKsystems’ Jason Hayman is available for additional commentary. For more information about the survey or to schedule an interview, please contact Rick McLaughlin (TEKsystems@daviesmurphy.com).