UK users list the ability to share and access files while on the move in their top three demands of mobile working. The report found that only 53% of companies currently allow staff to access and share files on the move when using work devices. It also discovered that 22% of UK businesses encourage users to use ad-hoc solutions such as Dropbox despite the known security risks.
40% of UK companies surveyed said that they allowed mobile users to use public cloud services, although 26% allow use for only non-sensitive documents and data. Throughout the rest of Europe, IT is even further behind, with 75% of European companies using consumer grade file-sharing tools for work, as opposed to 46% in the UK.
The UK is also leading the way in mobile deployment across Europe, with more mobile devices deployed per organisation and more support for employee-owned devices. In the UK, 17% of workers have three or more mobile devices for work use. Only 22% of UK businesses do not support mobile devices, compared to 35% of European companies.
Paul Steiner, MD, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Accellion, said: "Despite months of headlines related to the NSA PRISM program, businesses are operating a laissez faire approach to the security of their data in the cloud. Dealing with the whirlwind pace of mobile innovation is not just a security challenge for IT, it demands board-level scrutiny. Employees are now savvy enough technologically to seek out their own solutions, but then businesses must deal with the fallout when these solutions cause security breaches."