Sophos highlighted separate research by Gartner, which forecasts that at least 50% of enterprise email users will rely primarily on a browser, tablet or mobile client, instead of a desktop client, by 2016. Meanwhile, around 45% of UK firms allow employees to use their own devices for business purposes, according to a study released last month by Citrix.
A Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) strategy can help businesses achieve significant cost savings. However, the proliferation of employee-owned devices is creating headaches for businesses and their IT staff, who are now under pressure to enable the use of consumer devices and develop new mobile applications for business use, while maintaining consistent policies and device compliance across all employees.
The Citrix report found that 57% of UK firms have no policies, procedures or IT systems in place to manage the use of personal devices for business, and only half are aware of all the devices their staff are using for business purposes.
"Enabling support, monitoring and managing remote and mobile workers is now a de facto requirement for IT to ensure highly productive and effective businesses," said Elizabeth Cholawsky, vice president and general manager of IT Services for Citrix.
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