Corporate Mobile Device Use and Security

Date: November 22, 2010
Pages: 15
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Introduction

Ovum and the EEMA have polled a number of their enterprise customers and members to discover how they are using mobile devices to enable employees to access corporate networks, and what their security policies are. Although mobile device use is almost universal, the results reveal a conservative approach to using the technology, with a wide range of diversity in its implementation.

Features and benefits
  • Mobile devices are almost universally issued to employees, and 70% can use them for some personal purposes.
  • Data leakage, compliance failure, loss of control, and vulnerability to malware are major concerns.
Highlights

"Consumerization," in which the employee owns their mobile device for accessing corporate systems, is happening but still at an early stage. Personal use of corporate devices is much more common. Security needs to be more holistic and better thought through.

Your key questions answered
  • What is the state of mobile device selection in the corporate world?
  • What are the principal enterprise concerns surrounding the use of mobile devices?
SUMMARY

Catalyst
Ovum view
Key messages

ORGANIZATIONS ALMOST UNIVERSALLY PROVIDE MOBILE DEVICES

The employer issues the device in most cases
Personal devices are not widely permitted to connect to corporate systems
E-mail dominates mobile device use

NEARLY 70% OF EMPLOYEES CAN USE THEIR CORPORATE DEVICE FOR PERSONAL ACTIVITIES

Most employees have some restrictions on their access
Personal communication applications are widely used from corporate devices

DATA LEAKAGE IS THE PRIMARY SECURITY FEAR

Uncontrolled interaction with external services is causing concern
Concern centers on potential risk, rather than actual loss

SECURITY PROVISION IS PATCHY

Provision doesn't match the level of concern

RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommendations for enterprises
Recommendations for vendors

APPENDIX

Further reading
Methodology
Author
Ovum Consulting
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