BYOD Roundup: Lots of “Bring Your Own Device” Stats

Infographic of the Day: BYOD by the Numbers

Today’s BYOD infographic is brought to you by ReadWrite and Intel and includes some interesting figures:

byod by the numbers

Here are the figures from the infographic:

  • 38% of US CIOs were expected to support BYOD by the end of 2012.
  • 82% of surveyed companies in 2013 allow some or all workers to use employee-owned devices.
  • 74% of IT leaders believe “BYOD can help our employees be more productive”.
  • 57% minutes: The average amount of time reclaimed per worker per day in an Intel BYOD program.
  • Less than 1/4 of all IT managers view cost savings as a key benefit of BYOD programs.
  • “Employees Satisfaction” and “Productivity” are the prime benefits to 58% of surveyed employees.
  • 49% of U.S. IT managers “Strongly Agree that BYOD Improves Worker Productivity”.
  • BYOD boosts mobile: “BYOD could also expand the total number of mobile users substantially — by 50% or more” (Gartner).
  • Security is biggest BYOD objection worldwide: it’s viewed as the BYOD concern in the USA, Germany, South Korea and Australia.
  • 1/3 of IT Managers list “Lack of compatibility with our IT infrastructure” as a key reason for outlawing BYOD, but concerns vary by country and platform.

BYOD in the Big Apple

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Creative Commons photo by Ed Sweeney. Click to see the original.

The New York Post (yeah, not the best of papers, but they’re quoting Cisco’s BYOD Insights 2013 report) posted a quick report on New Yorkers’ use of mobile phones for work, which includes these figures:

  • 91% of Gothamites surveyed say they use their mobile phones for work.
  • Only 11% of the surveyed receive a stipend for their BYOD devices.
  • 18% of New York employees bringing their own devices to work will be reimbursed by their employers for a lost or damaged phone.
  • 70% of NYC employees who use their smartphones for work are expected to read emails after working hours.
  • Across the United States, the professions with the highest rates of personal smartphone use at work are in education (95%) and tech (90%). The profession with the lowest rate is retail.


Creative Commons photo by Miguel Pires da Rosa. Click to see the original.

Other findings from Cisco’s BYOD survey:

  • 9 in 10 Americans use their smartphones for work.
  • 40% don’t password-protect their smartphones.
  • 51% connect to unsecured wireless networks with their smartphone.
  • 52% disable their smartphone’s “Bluetooth discoverable” mode.

Cisco’s report, BYOD Insights 2013, which you can download for free, concludes with this final thought:

The number of Americans with smartphones is steadily increasing. Adults who reported owning a device they classified as a smartphone jumped 12 percent in 2012 according to the Pew Center. As that number grows and more Americans return to the workforce in the recovery from this Recession, BYOD will cause security breakdowns and cost companies money.

Knowing some of your employees’ smartphone habits can help you prepare to mitigate the impact of those events.

Dell: Half of Firms with BYOD Policies Have Had a Security Breach

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Dell’s Executive Director of End User Computing, Margaret Franco, reports that half of their customers whose BYOD policies allowed users to bring in any mobile device they want to work experienced a security breach. That’s hardly a surprise; at my consultancy, I recommend specifying a set of supported BYOD platforms and devices and matching them with the appropriate apps, utilities and practices. You can’t go “anything goes” with BYOD; that’s just asking to give your IT department — if not the whole company — a big bag of hurt.

6 replies on “BYOD Roundup: Lots of “Bring Your Own Device” Stats”

“The infographic is really cool, and a good summary of BYOD. Still it is the statement – “”Security is biggest BYOD objection worldwide: it’s viewed as the #1 BYOD concern in the USA, Germany, South Korea and Australia.”” – that really sums up the BYOD challange. Security is one of the main problems with BYOD, but many companies are turning to expensive MDM systems like Centrify, or Secure SOX and HIPAA compliant texting apps like Tigertext to solve the security issues. What is more interesting, is that companies are starting to write thier own data security apps for their employees. Tigertext now has a secure texting API called TigerConnect that companies are intigrating into thier own data security apps, which I think is very telling in that companies are taking this option seriously. “

[…] has obvious benefits for the employee – it may improve productivity and morale. For the organization, this improved productivity is obviously a boon. Plus, savings on devices […]

[…] En 2012, Gartner désignait le phénomène BYOD comme le changement le plus radical en matière d’informatique utilisateur (client computing) depuis l’arrivée de l’ordinateur personnel. Un an plus tard, les perspectives demeurent formidables. Aux États-Unis, par exemple, 82 % des entreprises permettent à certains ou à l’ensemble de leurs employés d’utiliser leurs propres appareils au travail. […]

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