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Survey of 700 IT Executives Reveals BYOD Security Remains a Top Business Concern

NaviSite, Inc., a Time Warner Cable Company and premier provider of enterprise-class hosting, managed applications, managed messaging and managed cloud services, today announced the results of a survey aimed at more than 700 IT decision makers to better understand their BYOD challenges and feelings toward using Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) to combat those challenges. The survey revealed that despite 80 percent of respondents agreeing that BYOD is the "new normal," only 45 percent have a formal BYOD policy in their workplace and only 51 percent were considering DaaS as a solution to access data from their mobile devices.  

Not surprisingly, one of the biggest concerns facing IT executives with BYOD policies is securing company data. According to the survey, 68 percent of respondents said they were very concerned or extremely concerned when thinking about securing enterprise data on employee mobile devices. Despite this extreme concern of security, only 18 percent of respondents considered BYOD a motivator for implementing DaaS; however, 42 percent said employee demand is driving the need. When you consider that 29 percent of the global workforce operates from multiple locations, the time for organizations to consider DaaS has never been greater. 

NaviCloud ONE, NaviSite's DaaS solution, directly addresses these top concerns and challenges for IT executives. With NaviSite, businesses can embrace the next generation workforce by providing device and location independence. End users can work and access corporate applications and data from any device, without compromising data security or resource availability. IT executives can centralize sensitive data and separate it from the user's device - giving them full control of corporate information no matter where the user and the device are.  Since NaviSite has multiple locations, datacenter challenges due to proximity are less of a concern, and because the solution is deployed in the cloud, organizations can provision or de-provision devices as needed. 

"For years organizations have been trying to tackle the challenges of BYOD; more people are demanding to use their own devices for work, giving them access to  sensitive data, and IT departments are struggling to figure out how to secure and manage it," said Chris Patterson, vice president, product management, NaviSite.

"When you add the growth of mobile and remote workforces, now there's an even greater need to make sure workers can access the information they need when they need it, regardless of device. Desktop-as-a-Service is a really simple way for IT executives to have increased control over corporate intellectual property while providing more flexibility for today's workforce demands." 

For a copy of the survey results go to http://bit.ly/169VMcp. For more information about NaviSite and its NaviCloud ONE solution, visit www.navisite.com.
Published Wednesday, July 31, 2013 6:52 AM by David Marshall
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EMAG4 - (Author's Link) - August 1, 2013 10:06 AM

Lost devices and other security risks are definitely a part of BYOD.  However, these risks can be reduced by keeping data and applications separate from personal devices.  That means that there's no sensitive data exposed if an employee's device is lost or stolen.

This can be achieved with solutions like Ericom AccessNow, an HTML5 RDP client that enables users to connect from most types of devices to any RDP hosts (such as VDI virtual desktops or Windows Remote Desktop Services) and run full Windows desktops or applications in a browser tab.

There's nothing to install on the end user devices, as you only need an HTML5-compatible browser so using AccessNow also reduces IT support costs, since IT staff don't need to spend time installing software on so many different platforms.  All they need to do is give employees a URL and login credentials.

Download this free white paper for some additional ideas on securely managing the mobile workforce:

http://www.ericom.com/WP-MobileAccessSecurity.asp?URL_ID=708

Please note that I work for Ericom

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