Businesses across all sectors see it — workers are getting more done in less time. The productivity of U.S. workers is up once again across the board on a year-to-year basis, according to the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A big part of the continuing increased productivity is that business is no longer confined to the four walls of the office. It is not uncommon to see workers tapping away on their tablets, phablets and smartphones while taking public transportation, sitting in cafes, or just taking a walk. The fact is, a whole lot of work is taking place outside of the office.
As employees become more productive outside of the office, IT departments are looking for more and better ways to set their workers free without sacrificing productivity or security. But security requires a commitment not only from the IT department, but from the board of directors, upper management, and business unit leadership. Why? Well you might have heard in our 5 Ways to Cut Costs While Improving Mobile Collaboration webcast that the average data breach costs a company $3.5 million USD.
I like to explain it like this: Raise your hand if you’ve ever emailed a work file to yourself so that you could get at it from another device as quickly as possible. Keep your hand up if it was a personal device or a personal email account. There is a better way – and it comes with a streamlined user experience and breach countermeasures that promote high adoption and low risk.
Learn more by watching the Securing Productivity Outside of the Office webcast:
Let’s look at some statistics that help to tell the story:
- By 2015, the world’s mobile worker population will reach 1.3 billion – that’s over 37% of the total workforce.
- Only 1 in 3 organizations are highly confident that their data assets are protected from unauthorized access via mobile devices.
- 59% of them say that the number of data breaches caused by mobile devices has increased in the past 12 months.
- 68% believe that mobile devices are the weakest link in their enterprise security framework.
- 77% say that it is increasingly difficult to balance the needs of the business and those of the end user when it comes to mobility.
This is quite literally why we’re in business – to safeguard businesses against security threats while enabling employees to have a top-notch experience that spans any manner of device. You need access to what is often deeply-sensitive company data, whether you’re in the office on a desktop computer or on a plane using the iPad, Android tablet, BlackBerry or Windows smartphone you received for your birthday.
To illustrate how productivity can be enabled and secured outside of the office, we’ve put together a webcast that tells the story of a highly mobile employee and her IT department. You’ll learn about common and relatable scenarios, as well as the challenges and solutions that come with them.
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