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Three quarters of employees happy with mobile security

HID Global : 26 May, 2016  (Technical Article)
Survey by HID Global examines employee attitudes in Europe towards security issues and the use of mobile devices in the workplace
Three quarters of employees happy with mobile security

HID Global has revealed that 74 per cent of employees in European businesses are not concerned about security issues when using their company mobile phone  -  this figure stands at 77 per cent for employees in the UK, and 82 per cent in Germany. This is according to an independent research project conducted by the company. This finding is a key indicator of the level of confidence that employees have in the mobile security that their companies provide. With these positive attitudes to mobile security in mind, this could pave the way for other smartphone based security features, such as the ability to open doors with mobile devices to become commonplace in businesses across the region, especially in SMEs.

The research project assessed over 1,200 respondents from the UK, France and Germany ranging from large organisations to small and medium-sized (SME) businesses. According to the findings, 75 per cent of people working at SMEs are not worried about security problems when using their work mobile devices. This highlights a significant level of confidence in workplace mobile security strategies, and comes at a time when mobile adoption and usage in the workplace is high: 78 per cent of SME professionals polled use their company mobile devices at work for work purposes on a regular basis.

Harm Radstaak, Vice President and Managing Director of Physical Access Control Solutions with HID Global commented: “These results underline how mobile users in the workplace are confident in the ability of their companies to keep data on mobile devices safe from external threats. It provides valuable insights into how pervasive the use of company mobile devices is within enterprises across Europe, and how it is set to evolve in the coming years. Building on the confidence that employees have in mobile device security, we see using mobile devices to open doors becoming increasingly common in workplaces in the future. This is especially valid for SMEs, as they tend to be flexible, agile and adaptable in their approach to innovation and efficiency.”

It is important that SMEs further enhance this rapidly growing mobility usage trend by offering employees innovative solutions such as secure mobile access control technology, building on the confidence that employees already have in current policies. At the same time, solutions implemented must be both cost-effective and convenient for employees to use.

Radstaak added: “The research revealed that almost 60 per cent of SMEs do not have security restrictions in place regarding company mobile phone use, compared to just 33 per cent for larger enterprises. In order to successfully implement mobile access control, SMEs need to ensure they implement robust mobile security technologies that include comprehensive BYOD security strategies.”

Mobile access control solutions should be affordable, easy to implement and very importantly provide a positive user experience for employees. It should also extend to enable visitors and contractors to access facilities on a temporary basis, through short-term credentials that they can use through their smartphone.

The trust that employees have in mobile security is certainly encouraging, and SMEs should look to build on this. However, it’s crucial that companies avoid betraying this trust, by tightening up mobile security where any weaknesses may currently exist. Convenience is king in today’s increasingly mobile era but at the same time security should not be compromised. In particular, SMEs need to strike the right balance of offering a solution that is convenient for their employees but cost-effective given the limited budgets when compared with larger enterprises.

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