UnitedHealthcare and Qualcomm expand corporate wellness program, add BYOD model

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American managed health care company UnitedHealthcare and telecommunications equipment company Qualcomm have announced an improvement and expansion of their wellness program UnitedHealthcare Motion.

The program provides employees with activity trackers at no additional charge and enables them to earn up to $1,500 per year by meeting certain goals for the number of daily steps.

The companies started UnitedHealthcare Motion wellness program in 2016 as a pilot in 12 states. The employers...

By Enterprise AppsTech, 09 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Wearables.

The key factors in reducing the BYOD mobile security threat

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In its latest report, research firm Ovum reveals that 47% of employees now use their own smartphones to access corporate data, a quarter use a tablet, and 8% use wearables to access information in some form. It’s clear that BYOD is an established feature in today’s always-connected, always-contactable business landscape, and organisations therefore need to put secure mobility management measures in place. What are the principle considerations to bear in mind for this...

By Dave Schuette, 22 December 2016, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Gartner survey reaffirms enterprise mobile device adoption not yet mature

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The latest note from analyst firm Gartner argues that, in the grand scheme of things, corporate-issued mobile device adoption remains immature.

The landscape remains less than mature when compared to desktops and laptops, Gartner argues. According to findings from the company’s latest Personal Technologies study, based on responses from more than 9,500 respondents in the US, UK, and Australia, less than a quarter (23%) of employees surveyed are given smartphones, compared with 36% for...

By James Bourne, 29 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Zimperium: 60% of one company’s devices vulnerable to known cyber threats

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Don’t shirk from asking the tough questions, and realise mobile is your greatest cyber vulnerability. That’s the advice mobile security provider Zimperium is giving to organisations as it reveals insights from its Global Threat Intelligence lab.

The company adds that 60% of mobile devices in enterprise BYOD environments are vulnerable to known cyber threats, according to data from one customer with 7,000 mobile devices, and that companies have opened themselves up to an...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

‘Meagre’ levels of reimbursement threaten BYOD productivity, report warns

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A new survey from mobile platform and services provider Syntonic has revealed fewer than three in 10 employees are reimbursed when they use their personal smartphones for work purposes, threatening BYOD plans.

The study, the second in a two-part series on BYOD trends, polled more than 500 employees, and found some alarming statistics.

Only a quarter (24%) of employees are aware of legal requirements when it comes to reimbursement for personal smartphone usage in various US states, while 71% of...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

“There aren’t any instructions in place on BYOD here...the employer is cool with it”

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More than half of respondents in a survey from anti-virus security provider Trustlook say they have never received company instructions for using a personal device at work, while more than three quarters are not familiar with their company’s MDM solution.

The study, which aimed to examine BYOD trends and best practices and polled 320 Trustlook mobile security users, also found that only 39% of companies surveyed have a formal BYOD policy in place even though 70% of employees...

By James Bourne, 20 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, MDM.

EMM 101: A guide from the employee and enterprise perspective

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How do you relate to your mobile? Many people seem to adopt a different mindset when it comes to their phones, compared with their computers.

We tend to treat our mobiles as personal possessions, and so handle them in a fairly relaxed manner. For devices that are corporately owned, this kind of behavior can, unwittingly, lead to breaches in security and may have implications in terms of licensing and costs. It’s up to the enterprise to ensure that user policies for our beloved...

By Su Kent, 11 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, COPE, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

BYOD could be losing its shine – but is COPE ready to take its place?

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Remember when BYOD was the buzzword du jour for businesses? It represented a huge shift in the way many enterprises saw mobile, and represented a new era of technological freedom. And for the companies, it also took the cost out of buying new devices for their workers. It was a win-win scenario. 

But looking at the wider picture that incorporates risk and extra costs, have we now fallen out of love with BYOD in favour of other approaches? And are the...

By Stefaan Van Aken, 22 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, COPE, Enterprise Mobility.

US businesses overspending more than $2.6bn per year on BYOD reimbursements

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Another day, another BYOD performance study: this time, from mobile platform and content services firm Syntonic, which argues that US businesses are overspending by the tune of more than $2.6 billion annually on BYOD reimbursements.

The report, titled ‘Syntonic 2016 Employer Report: BYOD Usage in the Enterprise’ and based on more than 400 executives polled, found that more than two thirds (69%) of respondents overall were actively reimbursing employees for work-related use of...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility.