'Consumerisation' in workplace causing pain for IT managers

IT managers are coming under increasing pressure to accommodate the ‘consumer’ technology such as MP3 players in the workplace: 70 per cent of 200 IT professionals surveyed by systems management firm Quest Software confirmed that growing prevalence of consumer tech is creating ‘complex business challenges’ for their organisations.

The survey also indicates that around 50 per cent of those enterprises polled either persist in allowing employees to store company data on personal portable devices - such as smartphones and USB ‘flash’ memory sticks – or lack formal policies scoped to deter this practice.

“Daily working life is changing,” says Quest Software CTO Joe Baguley. “Given these trends, it’s hardly surprising that enterprise IT teams are feeling increasing pressure to manage the security threats posed by these so-called ‘consumer’ technologies entering the workplace.”

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