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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

SAN JOSE, Calif. – January 21, 2014 – Did you know 43 percent 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 percent, and lower in companies of 50 to 500 employees (45 percent).

The survey also found that 39 percent of employees are using company mobile devices. In companies with under 50 employees, company-provided mobile device usage is highest at 75 percent. 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 percent and 47 percent of employees, respectively. German and US companies have the lowest number of mobile devices – at 35 percent and 34 percent.

Additionally, 34 percent of employees work outside the office or travel on a regular basis. Again, that number is higher among the smallest companies – at 50 percent, versus around 35 percent 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 percent and 40 percent 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” said 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 percent male and 37 percent female. The survey was completed by GfK in November 2013.

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For more information, please contact
Melanie Lombardi
LEWIS PR for F-Secure
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