Employee confidence in mobile security could lead to smartphone access to offices

More than three quarters (77%) of employees in UK businesses are not concerned about security issues when using their company mobile phone, according to research.

The figure was higher than the European average (74%) in the study, but lower than Germany (82%).

This finding is a key indicator of the level of confidence that employees have in the mobile security that their companies provide, according to HID Global, which conducted the research.

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Such attitudes to mobile security could pave the way for other smartphone-based security features – such as the ability to open doors with mobile devices – to become commonplace in businesses across Europe.

The research project assessed over 1,200 respondents from the UK, France and Germany, ranging from large organisations to small and medium-sized (SME) businesses.

According to the findings, 75% of people working at SMEs are not worried about security problems when using their work mobile devices.

This highlights a significant level of confidence in workplace mobile security strategies, and comes at a time when mobile adoption and usage in the workplace is high – 78% of SME professionals said they use their company devices for work purposes on a regular basis.

While the trust employees have in mobile security is encouraging, companies should avoid betraying this trust by tightening up mobile security where any weaknesses may currently exist.

>See also: 3 in 5 Brits at risk from cyber attack through poor mobile security

Convenience is king in today’s increasingly mobile era but at the same time security should not be compromised. Businesses need to strike the right balance of offering a solution that is convenient for their employees but also cost-effective.

“These results underline how mobile users in the workplace are confident in the ability of their companies to keep data on mobile devices safe from external threats,” said Harm Radstaak, VP and MD of physical access control solutions at HID Global. “Building on the confidence that employees have in mobile device security, we see using mobile devices to open doors becoming increasingly common in workplaces in the future.”

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Ben Rossi

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