CIOs juggle with security and budget as employees demand mobile data access

CIOs and IT directors are being asked to cut budgets while trying to secure personal mobile devices

IT directors are increasingly being asked to make company data available on personal mobile devices as boards pushing for cost-cutting.

A survey from Vanson Bourne of 100 IT directors reported that IT directors are feeling squeezed in the middle as they struggle to meet conflicting employee and board demands driven by the consumerisation of IT and tough economic conditions.

The survey, commissioned by Adobe, found 57% of IT directors were being asked by employees to provide access to company information on personal mobile devices. 

However, 73% of IT directors said they were under pressure from senior management to cut costs.

While employees want access to corporate data on mobile devices, 76% of the IT directors surveyed said security and mobile were their top priorities.

Anke Schnedler, senior marketing manager for Adobe said: “IT directors are clearly having to strike a fine balance between the board and the employees – all at the same time as having to keep up with the latest technology and the challenges this presents, and ensure the IT infrastructure keeps running."

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