Nearly half of technology executives are allowing employees to access the company network using their personal smartphones and other technology tools, a concept known as Bring Your Own Device, according to a new Robert Half Technology survey shows.
When CIOs were asked, "Do you allow employees access to your corporate networks via personal laptops, smartphones or tablets?" 49% said yes.
Among the CIOs whose firms do allow workers to access the company network using their own equipment, 44% said their firms offer limited technical support to these individuals, and 52% offer full support. 4% offer no support.
"Firms are striving to balance employees' wish to use their preferred devices with the possible security risks and logistical challenges, such as offering support for these non-standard gadgets," said Lara Dodo, a regional vice-president of Robert Half Technology in Canada. "As more professionals seek the most cutting edge technologies, they would rather use those devices for both work and personal communication. Organizations are aware of this trend and are currently determining the best solutions to mobile device management in the workplace."