Corporations around the country could face major data security issues in 2015 as a record number of mobile phones, tablets, and PCs are used for both personal and business by employees, said Matina Koronis-Koester, president of locally based Digital Partners Incorporated (dpi).
“While ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) management and new security policies are slowly being implemented across the country, their implementation and adoption rates run the risk of not keeping pace with the use of new devices, which are expected to set sales records by the end of this year, ” she said.
Research firm Gartner, Inc., she said, is projecting worldwide shipments of PCs, tablets, ultramobiles, and mobile phones will reach a record 2.4 billion units by the end of 2014.
“Couple that with data from Millward Brown that shows half of U.S. employees report storing work-related information on their personal mobile devices, even when there is no BYOD policy in place, and that’s a recipe for disaster,” said Koronis-Koester, a leading Apple value-added reseller and systems integrator.
She also cited research by Harris Interactive for Imation that shows about 90 percent of American companies allow removable storage devices on their corporate networks, including iPhones, Android smartphones, tablets, USB drives and optical media. But, she added, nearly two-thirds of those companies do not enforce encryption on the devices, according to the survey’s findings.
Koronis-Koester also pointed out that recent research conducted for JAMF shows 60 percent of the IT respondents to a recent survey did not think their 2015 budgets would increase enough to help them manage the growing number of new Apple devices being used in the enterprise.
“So, the lack of BYOD management policies and network security, coupled with greater business and personal use of mobile devices, will create even more significant risks for corporations next year,” she said.
dpi, which was founded by Koronis-Koester 20 years ago, is based in Clayton, MO, a St. Louis suburb, and also has offices in Los Angeles. Its customers are engaged in the media, entertainment and creative services industries, and include some of America’s best-known brands.
dpi’s device management partners include Casper Suite from JAMF, MobileIron, AirWatch, Tarmac and Citirix, Koronis-Koester said. dpi also provides the full line of Apple technology for corporate customers, as well as AppleCare Warranty Service, professional IT consulting, end-point security, Apple Certified Training, mobile device management, enterprise-level storage solutions and expert integration assessment.