Consumerisation of IT and BYOD a priority for local businesses: Kaspersky

Security vendor finds that Australian businesses are concerned about the security of their mobile workforce

The growing consumerisation of IT and BYOD are both key movements in the Australian market, according to Kaspersky Lab APAC managing director, Harry Cheung.

“This trend is increasingly being placed at the heart of IT security considerations for businesses in Australia,” he said. As a result, Australian businesses are faced with the need to control their own security environment, as well as trying to assess the business cost offset relating to IT infrastructure.

Cheung said the trend isn't limited to Australia and extends to counteies in Asia-Pacific and beyond.

“Globally, we’re seeing one of the major problems facing businesses is the creation and adoption of a clear IT infrastructure development strategy,” he said.

Cheung points to a recent global corporate risks survey by the security vendor that found that uptake of mobile device management policies is still relatively low globally.

“While the IT security landscape can vary from country to country, the ‘tyranny of distance’ once used to describe Australia’s geographical location in the world no longer applies when it comes to innovations in IT technology and their security implications,” he said.

Aware but conservative

While Australian businesses are aware of the implications of this challenge, Cheung admits that the sense of urgency “differs depending on the nature of the business and its industry”.

“Sometimes we see that a conservative approach is adopted, to the point where it can hinder the pace at which the latest security offerings are adopted by businesses,” Cheung said.

Other factors which can affect this are the local market, the extent to which global threats are understood, including the local business culture and governmental attitudes towards IT security.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

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