2013 Data Protection Trends Research

“Turning a blind eye” is an age old idiom that describes the act of ignoring undesirable information. And, according to our 2013 Data Protection Trends Research, it seems to be the attitude many IT professionals have taken towards the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement.

Despite the continued onslaught of personal devices in the workplace, nearly 60 percent of companies don’t have a BYOD policy in place and 80 percent of organizations have not educated employees on BYOD! While the immediate data protection issues this kind of willful ignorance creates is obvious, the ripple effect it has on the channel market is often less talked about, but worth addressing.

It’s basically a given that, today, employees are going to bring their own mobile devices to the office and use them for work. But, right now, a lot of companies are struggling with these bring-your-own-device (BYOD) habits. Our 2013 Data Protection Trends Research, which surveyed more than 4,300 IT professionals around the world, found that nearly 60 percent of companies don’t have BYOD policies in place. This can certainly present security issues and risks for data leakage, but BYOD trends also encourage something else: bring-your-own-cloud (BYOC).   

Allowing employees to use their personal mobile devices for work can provide a multitude of advantages: productivity, simpler connectivity, access to the resources they need from virtually anywhere. But along with the benefits, bring your own device (BYOD) opens the door to risks, including security vulnerabilities, data leakage, compliance and potential liability issues.The magnitude of the problem is big, considering millions of these devices are lost, stolen or misplaced every year (120 thousand phones were lost in Chicago taxi cabs alone last year…).

1. My existing files won’t be compatible
While the file system on Mac hard drives is different than on Windows PC, the actual files on both systems are basically the same. Files can be moved from a PC to a Mac without issue.

Files can be transferred to a Mac using USB flash drives or external hard drives, CDROM’s, or over a network. If you’re already storing or backing up files from your PC onto an external hard drive, it can be plugged into a Mac’s USB port and files can be copied directly to the Mac. Macs also come with a built in utility called “Migration Assistant” that can automatically transfer your files, email, contacts, etc. to your PC as part of the Mac setup process.

Acronis Launches 2013 Data Protection Trends Research

“Bring your own device” (BYOD) started out as just a buzzword, but it has now become a full blown phenomenon that businesses, both large and small, are challenged with every day. As employees increasingly use personal devices like smartphones, tablets and Mac® computers in the workplace, they may unknowingly be putting company data at risk without the proper BYOD policies and training. And, while these data protection issues and concerns aren’t new, companies are surprisingly still in the very early stages of protecting mobile data.