The world’s mobile worker population has expanded far beyond corner offices and by 2015 is expected to reach 1.3 billion people, or nearly 38% of the total workforce, according to IDC, a technology research firm. By some estimates, as many as 76% of companies currently support a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy, suddenly thrusting them into the position of securing access to data on devices they might not own. “Secure Data Access in a Mobile Universe” explores how companies can accommodate rising demands for mobile access to business information while minimizing the security risks to proprietary data. As the basis for the research, the Economist Intelligence Unit in June 2012 conducted a global survey of 578 senior executives and a series of in-depth interviews. The survey explores how organizations are—or should be—responding to current and emerging challenges stemming from an unstoppable trend toward “bring your own device” (BYOD), as well as rising worker mobility more generally.
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