A few days ago, I read that Good Technology’s first Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) report found finance and healthcare are among the top industries to adopt BYOD policies.
While these industries have some of the most need for security, I find it interesting they are opening the door for this policy.
According to Good, the rise in popularity and proliferation of smartphones and tablets has driven the “Consumerization of IT” with employee requests to use their personal, mobile devices for professional tasks. Because of this, IT departments are developing policies to allow employees to access confidential enterprise data and information with their own smartphones and tablets.
Here are the key findings from Good’s report:
1. Highly Regulated Industries Embrace BYOD: Large companies from the finance/insurance and healthcare industries dominate the overall BYOD picture, with retail/wholesale and government less likely to support BYOD.
2. Big Companies Get BYOD: 80 percent of those supporting BYOD have over 2,000 employees; 60 percent have over 5,000 employees; and 35 percent have over 10,000 employees.
3. Employees Are Willing to Pay for Personal Choice: 50 percent of companies with BYOD models are requiring employees to cover all costs, and their users are taking them up on the offer; 45 percent provide their employees with a stipend or “expense back” options to help subsidize the cost of their mobile device or service plan.
4. Offering BYOD Stipend Increases: Companies that offer BYOD stipends have the highest rate of employees using mobile devices when compared to companies that require employees cover all BYOD costs themselves, or allow for expense-back of service plan costs, but limit to users with management pre-approval.
5. BYOD Goes Global: Many believe that BYOD “doesn’t work” outside U.S. due privacy laws or greater exposure to highly variable roaming costs. Our data clearly shows otherwise – with nearly half (44.9 percent) of respondents indicating they are deploying BYOD programs in multiple countries.