Most employees (81%) access work documents on the go. Yet in the absence of an enterprise-grade file sharing alternative, 72% are resorting to unauthorized, free file-sharing services.
A new Workshare is based on more than 5,000 responses from companies across the UK, EMEA, and the U.S. The findings reveal the true extent to which mobile users are increasingly circumventing policies set by IT and using unsanctioned applications to share large files and collaborate on documents outside of the office.
This raises major concerns over the security of corporate documents and personal information and highlights the challenges facing IT when it comes to enabling mobility while ensuring data governance and mitigating risk.
To address these concerns, IT administrators must provide employees with an easy-to-use, secure way to share documents from mobile devices. Organizations must act quickly to regain control of their documents and corporate intellectual property, as the survey reveals:
- 72% of those questioned had not received authorization from their IT department to use their consumer-based file sharing application, up from 66% in 2012.
- Over half (62%) of knowledge workers use their personal devices for work.
- The majority (69%) of these workers also use free file sharing services to collaborate and access shared documents, which is a 3% increase over the last year.
“Businesses can no longer ignore mobility trends. Instead, they must find ways to meet their needs, while meeting strict security demands,” comments Anthony Foy, CEO of Workshare.