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McAfee, Carnegie Mellon report finds disconnect between organizations and mobile users

McAfee this week released "Mobility and Security: Dazzling Opportunities, Profound Challenges," a global report that focuses on the consumerization of IT and its impact on security. The report looks at mobility from two perspectives - that of...


May 25, 2011  


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McAfee this week released “Mobility and Security: Dazzling Opportunities, Profound Challenges,” a global report that focuses on the consumerization of IT and its impact on security. The report looks at mobility from two perspectives – that of the company’s senior IT professional and the general end users of mobile devices in the workplace. 

Researchers found that while an increasing number of consumers use mobile devices for both business and personal activities, large numbers are not familiar with their employer’s corporate policy on the use of mobile devices.  

“Devices are no longer just consumer devices or business devices. They are both,” said Richard Power, a CyLab Distinguished Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, the primary author of the report. “Devices are more than extensions of the computing structure, they are extensions of the user. The way users interact with their personal data mirrors the way they want to interact with corporate data.”

Reliance on mobile devices is already significant and accelerating rapidly. In the survey, almost half of organizations are very reliant on mobile devices. Almost seven in 10 organizations are more reliant on mobile devices than they were 12 months ago. 

 “IT is becoming increasingly consumerized and businesses now operate in a heterogeneous mobile environment where BlackBerrys are no longer the standard,” McAfee said in a release. The survey found that 63% of devices on the network are also used for personal activities.