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Breaches fuel IT concerns over mobile security as BYOD takes hold in the workplace

Security is one of IT departments’ key concerns about devices in the climate of BYOD and mounting security breaches.

A survey by HP found that 90 percent of European IT decision-makers are concerned about device security, with 25 percent having suffered a security breach in the last 12 months.

However, only 32 percent were fully confident in the security of their current devices.

The research found that security was not the only issue with these devices; design issues were also an important consideration, with 27 percent citing unattractive design as a reason for being unsatisfied with their work PC. Battery life was also considered key, with 25 percent citing it as a reason.

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There was a broader desire amongst workers to move to more mobile solutions for working; 43 percent of respondents said that members of their organisation spend less than 35 hours per week in a fixed office location.

This had driven a boom in business collaboration tools, with more than 50 percent of respondents saying instant messenger is used every day.

Over half also stated that employees used video conferencing tools on their PCs at least twice a week.

When using these tools, 29 percent and 25 percent of employees cited inadequate connectivity and software respectively as issues.

According to the findings, IT decision-makers in the UK were less likely to see device security as a major concern, with only 49 percent citing it compared to 69 percent across other European countries.

Only 40 percent of decision-makers in the UK had fallen victim to an attack compared to the average of 49 percent.

John O’Reilly, Director of Corporate, Enterprise & Public Sector and Personal Systems at HP, said: "Whilst this may come as a relief, nonetheless UK IT decision makers should not underestimate the importance of secure devices across their networks, particularly against the backdrop of increasing cyber security breaches in recent years."

The research surveyed 1,016 IT decision-makers across seven European countries.
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