Securing the Future of the Wireless Workplace

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39% of IT directors believe security concerns pose the biggest challenge to introducing wireless technologies into the workplace. This is one of the revealing results of a recent survey which took place at an executive briefing held by IT consulting services and solutions provider C&C Technology. The survey provided an insight into the main concerns, influences and perceived advantages of wireless working and highlighted security as a cause for concern when considering a wireless network.

Although security was seen as the biggest challenge this was closely followed by concern over the accessibility of applications (26%). However, 73% felt that the biggest advantage of introducing wireless technology would be the greater flexibility it allows. Whilst 58% agreed that greater access to business applications was the main factor that would influence their uptake of wireless.

A lot of companies still seem to be toying with the idea of wireless technologies with 39% of those interviewed advising that no more than a quarter of their workforce is mobile. Although it is often claimed that real-time access is completely essential within the workplace, over 84% stated that they only require this 'sometimes'.

"Wireless and mobile working can deliver enormous benefits, however there are still a lot of security concerns regarding these networks," said Jason Colombo, Technical Director at C&C Technology. "To get the most out of wireless technology, businesses need to address the issues that are preventing them from moving forward. At C&C we focus on helping companies to deploy an access strategy to ensure their wireless network operates efficiently and securely for the purpose it has been designed."

An access strategy allows companies to deliver uninterrupted, secure access to vital applications and information. Adopting a strategy that adapts to change, supports mobile workforces and provides secure access to business-critical information and applications will enable companies to confidently embark the path to a wireless workplace.

The survey was undertaken by IT directors at an executive briefing event run by C&C Technology, on the subject of mobile and wireless technologies.

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