Nine in every ten SMB now employs mobile workers
Posted: 25/06/2012 | By: Paul Maher
Nine in every ten small to mid-sized business (SMBs) now employs mobile workers, according to research by Vanson Bourne.
The global study, commissioned by security firm Sophos, found that on average one fifth of an SMB workforce works remotely.
The research showed that larger SMBs are more likely to allow mobile working with 97% of firms, with more than 100 employees, deploying remote working solutions. However, 90% of smaller companies, with between 5-100 , also allowed mobile working.
The research revealed that 69% of firms are now planning to increase their IT budget in the next 12 months – with 44% planning to prioritise the enablement of remote working.
Only ‘updating wireless networks’ (49%) and ‘virtualising network infrastructure’ (48%) featured higher in IT departments planned activities.
The report by Sophos said more than half of firms were also having to address security issues in order to allow remote working.
It read: “Not surprisingly, nine in ten SMBs have remote workers with 28% of organisations having a full quarter of their workforce conducting business off site. The security issues presented by remote workers will only grow as 52% of respondents predict that supporting their growing mobile staff will increase their exposure to network security risks.”
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