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NO ALL-ACCESS PASS: Robert Half Technology Survey: Only One in Three Firms Allows Employees to Access Company Networks Using Personal Smartphones or Other Devices

MENLO PARK, Calif., May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Most technology executives aren't yet allowing employees to access the company network using their personal smartphones and other technology tools, a concept known as "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD), a new Robert Half Technology survey shows. Only one-third (33 percent) of chief information officers (CIOs) interviewed said employees can access their companies' corporate networks using their personal smartphones, tablets, computers or other devices.

The national survey was developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of information technology professionals on a project and full-time basis, and conducted by an independent research firm. The survey is based on more than 1,400 telephone interviews with CIOs from a random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees.

CIOs were asked, "Do you allow employees access to your corporate networks via personal laptops, smartphones or tablets?" Their responses:

Yes………………………….…  

33%

No……………………………....  

67%


100%

Among the CIOs whose firms do allow workers to access the company network using their own equipment, 66 percent said their firms offer limited technical support to these individuals, and 28 percent offer full support. Six percent offer no support.

"Companies are balancing the desire to provide flexibility to employees with potential security risks, as well as logistical issues such as providing support for non-standard devices," said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology.

Reed noted that although most CIOs surveyed don't currently allow employees to use their personal devices to access company networks, the tide may soon turn, particularly with the rise in telecommuting and remote work arrangements. "Professionals increasingly want to stay connected while using their device of choice for both work and personal communication," he said. "Companies recognize this and are actively looking for secure solutions."

About Robert Half Technology

With more than 100 locations worldwide, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems to network security and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at www.rht.com. Follow Robert Half Technology at twitter.com/RobertHalfTech.

SOURCE Robert Half Technology



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