One-half of CIOs allow workers access to company networks with personal devices

52 per cent of firms offer them full technical support: Survey
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 05/15/2012

Nearly one-half (49 per cent) of technology executives are allowing employees to access the company network using their personal smartphones, tablets, computers and other technology tools ("bring your own device" or BYOD), according to a Robert Half Technology survey.

Among the CIOs whose firms allow workers to access the company network using their own equipment, 44 per cent said their firms offer limited technical support to these individuals and 52 per cent offer full support. Four per cent 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.

But the tide may soon turn, particularly with the rise in telecommuting and remote work arrangements, she said.

"As more professionals seek the most cutting-edge technologies, they would rather use those devices for both work and personal communication," she said. "Organizations are aware of this trend and are currently determining the best solutions to mobile device management in the workplace."

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