A survey by Ping Identity revealed that the average employee was found to use five work applications per day but 27% were denied access to these applications on mobile devices.
61% of employees said they were able to access some important work applications but only 3% were able to work from a mobile device in the same capacity when at the office.
"As workforces become ever-more mobile, business applications increasingly extend beyond the realms of on-premise and into the cloud," said Andi Hindle, director of international business development and strategy at Ping Identity. "Security measures must therefore start with an individual's identity, not the application they're accessing, or device they're using."
Among the list of restricted programmes, finance applications were at the top of the list with 42% preventing employee mobile access. Business applications (38%) and partner applications (13%) were also limited.
Over 50% of employers said the reason for blocking work applications on mobile devices was because of security risks and 22% said that the ability for a work application to be accessed anywhere and anytime would be a serious management issue.
"As workforces become ever-more mobile, business applications increasingly extend beyond the realms of on-premise and into the cloud," said Hindle. "Security measures must therefore start with an individual's identity, not the application they're accessing, or device they're using. Granting staff seamless access to critical applications both within and outside the business, and managing these connections closely, is essential to ensuring continued business success in extremely competitive times."
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