February 8, 2012

Feds to Employees: Use Your Own Mobile Devices at Work

A NEW survey finds that 62% of federal agencies encourage staffers to bring their own mobile devices to work to save the agencies money. Close to half of federal employees are doing just that.

The report, based on a survey of 414 federal employees and IT staff, also found that the majority of employees - 89% - think that using mobile devices at work makes them more productive, while 69% of respondents said this increased mobility will allow the feds to deliver better services to citizens.

Sixty-two percent of agencies have a "bring your own device" policy, allowing employees to use their own mobile devices at work, and 44$ of federal employees are using their own in the workplace.

Allowing agencies to bring their own devices to work saves money and allows agencies to support mobility initiatives, such as a standard mobile strategy U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel is working on across federal agencies to accelerate the adoption of mobile technologies.

Having employees use their own devices at work does, however, raise security concerns, which agencies are trying to alleviate through a number of measures, including secure mobile device management.

>Read more about the study here

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