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.

How and why organisations are moving away from the traditional office

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By James Tee, Sonin

To fully gauge how organisations are moving away from the ‘traditional’ office, firstly requires us to understand how today’s employees are also drifting from their traditional role in the workplace. Enterprise mobility, cloud-based solutions and BYOD policies in the workplace means that employees are no longer confined to their desks, 9-5 working hours and dated technology to do their jobs. They’re now more engaged, focused and connected than...

By Sonin, 15 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

The four steps to ensuring BYOD doesn’t affect the network

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A note from enterprise network security provider Hypersocket Software argues how wearable tech and wear your own device (WYOD), as well as the Internet of Things (IoT) are further challenges on the horizon for organisations struggling to cope with a BYOD infiltration.

Lee Painter, CEO of Hypersocket, notes four ‘essential’ steps for organisations to take to ensure network security in the BYOD age. “Personal devices should pose no greater danger than company-issued...

By James Bourne, 09 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Identity, Security.

Malware and ‘connection hijacking’ remain biggest BYOD risks, report warns

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A new report from data centre provider CyrusOne outlines malware, device theft and phishing as among the key risks for organisations looking to implement a bring your own device (BYOD) policy.

The findings, located in the report entitled ‘The Top Four BYOD Security Risks and How Enterprise Firms Combat Them’, are not especially surprising, yet still bear consideration. Malware was considered the number one risk, with CyrusOne citing a Blue Coat report from 2015.

The report...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employee Education, Enterprise Mobility, Malware, Security.

The BYOD evolution: Three common approaches

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It has become a way of life for employees to bring personal devices to work, whether or not your organisation has a BYOD policy. Employees want the ability to use their own phones, tablets and laptops at work, without losing ownership or control of those devices. But this should raise some red flags for a company’s IT and security teams. The modern issues with BYOD have gone beyond just basic user-privacy issues, to the serious security and compliance matters that need to be...

By Tom Davis, 05 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

A balancing act: How BYOD can support staff retention

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BYOD is more than a cost-saving exercise for enterprises. It’s also one of the secrets to building a working environment that fits the modern employee’s needs. CIOs have the opportunity to be at the heart of this process and play a crucial role in employee enfranchisement and productivity improvements – but only if they appreciate the fine lines that must be trodden.

Millennials, also known as Generation Y, actively seek employers with workplace values that are...

By Dave Schuette, 04 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Federal government exec gives advice on enterprise BYOD implementations

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Josh Moulin, a chief information security officer (CISO) for a federal US national security agency, has detailed in a post the process of a proposal to move an agency to BYOD – and why it was eventually disallowed.

Moulin noted that BYOD is “plagued with a number of security and legal problems” – not least when various classified and unclassified data is being tossed around – and argued the need for mobile device management (MDM) as a bare minimum for any...

By James Bourne, 10 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Why "all-in" on BYOD is the ideal strategy for retailers

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A recent study found that rather than break or lose their mobile phone, one in three (34%) U.S. adults would prefer to lose other important items, including their bed, keys and even friends. In fact, 27% of respondents admitted they would cry if they lost their phone.

This level of interest in safeguarding personal mobile devices may help explain why...

By VMware AirWatch, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

The challenges of balancing employee privacy and corporate security in BYOD

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Corporate data protection and employee privacy are typically mutually exclusive, leaving IT departments in a tough spot. Employees want to remain productive while on the go and often prefer to bring their own mobile devices to work. But unmanaged devices with access to corporate data increase the risk that sensitive corporate data will leak. On the one hand, IT needs a flexible and effective solution that enables secure mobile access to corporate data and apps. On the other hand, employees need privacy...

By Rich Campagna, 20 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, MDM, Security.

Assessing the dangers BYOD presents to the enterprise – and what may come next

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While the term BYOD is certainly nothing new, the concept is still hugely relevant as new and emerging technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) continue to shake up the modern enterprise.

The adoption of mobile devices is certainly not slowing down, and as the threat landscape increases in complexity with the introduction of everything from smartwatches to connected sensors, BYOD will continue to cause headaches for companies that are approaching management on a per-device basis....

By Chris McKie, 15 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, COPE, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

Industrial mobility projects: A marriage made in heaven?

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The executive sponsor looked at me and said, “We have known you a long time, Mary!”

How do you respond to that?

I had just walked into his company’s boardroom to make the final presentation as part of their selection process – and yes, I had first met the executive four years earlier when their need for a mobility solution was paramount. However, it had taken another three years for their internal processes to approve the project and allow them to go to...

By Mary Brittain-White, 05 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.