Other findings from the global report – which surveyed 1,622 IT professionals in organisations with more than 250 employees in 22 countries across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa – were that 35pc of UK firms do not have a mobility road map.
Only 30pc of UK organisations, meanwhile, have completed a security assessment of key applications touched by mobile devices and only 18pc of UK firms say their organisation has a well-defined policy around the mobility issue.
Interestingly, 40pc of UK users said they are unable to access critical business applications to perform their job function using personal mobile devices.
Dimension Data says its survey results suggest that IT leaders are struggling to solve the security problems stemming from supporting BYOD and enterprise mobility against a backdrop of a dramatic rise in the use of personal devices and applications accessing the network.
Major data security risks
Commenting on the report’s findings, Matthew Gyde, Dimension Data’s group general manager for security solutions, said that the lack of visibility into what is sitting on the corporate network raises major data security risks for organisations.
“Unknowns significantly increase the opportunity for intrusion, so when organisations are aware of the mobile devices on their networks, as well as the applications that can be accessed via these devices, they’ll be able to not only identify rogue devices, but also track new applications coming into their enterprise,” he said.
He also points out that another key benefit of knowing what mobile devices are on the corporate network is the ability to monitor user adoption of mobile enterprise applications.
Gyde goes on to say that, from a security perspective, the negative view of BYOD that arises from the report is understandable, considering that the extent and depth of the risk has not adequately been measured against business policy.
Going beyond the device itself
This is, he explained, because many organisations have yet to evaluate the impact of mobility beyond the device itself.
Delving into the research reveals that the vast majority of respondents (82pc) indicated that employees at their organisations are using personal
mobile devices for work purposes.
Analysts, says the report, advocate that organisations must have a clear mobility strategy that ensures mobile technology is an investment that works hard to deliver
business value and meet the demands of an increasingly mobile workforce.
“To some extent, organisations are starting to listen to the analyst community because today, 55pc of the organisations surveyed have a mobility roadmap of
some kind,” the report adds.
In total, 42pc of respondents think it’s important to engage IT to deter email and network access via mobile devices, and 67pc stated that data security is the most important BYOD-related policy a company should put in place.
On the one hand, concludes the analysis, there is considerable concern regarding data security.
And on the other, the report says, there is an equally strong belief that mobile devices have the potential to substantially increase worker productivity.
As a result of this tension, the report notes that a large majority of organisations have mobility road maps and view mobility as a top priority.
At the same time, however, the analysis says that few organisations are dedicating enough resources to fully enabling users to leverage existing business applications in ways that substantially increase productivity.