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BYOD May Be Much More Widespread in Companies Than Management Realizes

Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) is top of mind for most CIOs and IT leaders these days, but only a fraction of the IT organizations that have opened the BYOD door have gone beyond allowing access to company email and instant messaging, according to a recent study by Blue Coat, Web security and WAN optimization company. Blue Coat also found that IT staff and other company employees have dramatically different perspectives on security when it comes to mobile devices.

In its November 2012 Blue Coat Mobility Study, the company surveyed 350 respondents and found that most organizations allow employees access to company email (83 percent) and instant messaging (56 percent) on personal devices, but only a fraction open up ERP (31 percent), sales force automation (24 percent) and supply chain management (19 percent) applications to mobile devices that aren't corporate-owned.

Organizations are clearly uncertain about mobile malware and employee acceptance of the IT organization placing security controls on employees' personally owned devices, but that also means those organizations are not fully realizing the business productivity potential of mobility. Those IT organizations also don't fully recognize how pervasive BYOD has become among company employees, he says.

Blue Coat found that, on average, IT staffers believe that 37 percent of employees access corporate resources from their own devices. But 71 percent of employees report they do so.

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In its November 2012 Blue Coat Mobility Study, the company surveyed 350 respondents and found that most organizations allow employees access to company email (83 percent) and instant messaging (56 percent) on personal devices, but only a fraction open up ERP (31 percent), sales force automation (24 percent) and supply chain management (19 percent) applications to mobile devices that aren't corporate-owned.

Organizations are clearly uncertain about mobile malware and employee acceptance of the IT organization placing security controls on employees' personally owned devices, but that also means those organizations are not fully realizing the business productivity potential of mobility. Those IT organizations also don't fully recognize how pervasive BYOD has become among company employees, he says.

Blue Coat found that, on average, IT staffers believe that 37 percent of employees access corporate resources from their own devices. But 71 percent of employees report they do so.

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