Tapping, Touching, Typing: Welcome to the Era of Fluid-Fingered Employees
An F-Secure survey finds that almost half of SMB employees are using both PCs and mobile devices to get their jobs done in today’s fast-paced business world.
Helsinki, Finland – January 21, 2014: 43% of employees in small and medium size businesses (SMBs) are multi-screeners who use a PC or laptop as well as a mobile device for work on a regular basis. That’s according to a recent F-Secure survey, which interviewed SMBs in eight countries about topics relating to corporate security and cloud services.
Percentages of multi-screeners are highest among companies with under 50 employees, at 63%, and lower in companies of 50 to 500 employees (45%).
The survey also found that 39% of employees are using company mobile devices. In companies with under 50 employees, company-provided mobile device usage is highest at 75%. In companies with 50 to 500 employees, around 40% of employees have company mobile devices.
Swedish and Finnish companies have the highest percentages of mobile devices – at 50% and 47% of employees, respectively. German and US companies have the lowest number of mobile devices – at 35% and 34%.
34% of employees work outside the office or travel on a regular basis. Again, that number is higher among the smallest companies – at 50%, versus around 35% for companies with 50 to 500 employees. France and UK businesses have the highest number of employees that work outside the office regularly, with 43% and 40% respectively.
“Today’s workplace is less about a desk at the office, and more about accessing and sharing information from anywhere, with any device, at any time” says Pekka Usva, Vice President, Corporate Security at F-Secure. “Productivity depends on smooth synchronization and cooperation between people wherever they are. Like for the consumer, F-Secure provides security for the changing corporate environment and its devices, as well as content collaboration services for the fast-paced corporate world. Because a company’s unique ideas need to be protected yet still accessible.”
F-Secure’s unique content collaboration solution for SMBs will be launched soon, enhancing productivity and flexibility so businesses can meet the demands of the future.
F-Secure’s Digital Company Survey 2013 consisted of web interviews of deciders and influencers of software purchases working at companies with up to 500 employees. Participants were from eight countries: Germany, Italy, France, the UK, Sweden, Finland, Poland and the USA. There were 805 respondents in total, with at least 100 per country. Respondents were 67% male and 37% female. The survey was completed by GfK in November 2013.
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