‘Bring Your Own Device’ Not So Popular

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Menlo Park, Calif. — May 14

Most technology executives aren’t yet allowing employees to access the company network using their personal smartphones and other technology tools, according to a recent Robert Half Technology survey. This concept is often known as “Bring Your Own Device,” or BYOD.

Only one-third (33 percent) of chief information officers who were interviewed  said employees were allowed to access their companies’ corporate networks using their personal smartphones, tablets, computers or other devices.

The national survey was developed by Robert Half Technology, a provider of information technology professionals on a project and full-time basis, and conducted by an independent research firm. The survey is based on more than 1,400 telephone interviews with CIOs from a random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees.

CIOs were asked: “Do you allow employees access to your corporate networks via personal laptops, smartphones or tablets?” Sixty-seven percent of them responded in the negative.

Among the CIOs whose firms do allow workers to access the company network using their own equipment, 66 percent said their firms offer limited technical support to these individuals, and 28 percent offer full support. The remaining 6 percent offer no support.

“Companies are balancing the desire to provide flexibility to employees with potential security risks, as well as logistical issues such as providing support for non-standard devices,” said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology.

Although most CIOs surveyed don’t allow employees to use their personal devices to access company networks, the tide may soon turn — particularly with the rise in telecommuting and remote work arrangements, Reed said.

“Professionals increasingly want to stay connected while using their device of choice for both work and personal communication,” he said. “Companies recognize this and are actively looking for secure solutions.”

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