BYOD use at TFL rises by 500%

Transport for London (TfL) has overseen a major rise in use of mobiles and tablets under its Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy over the last three years. Official figures obtained by network automation provider Infoblox under the Freedom of Information Act show that activated devices under the organisation’s BYOD policy have risen from 106 in 2010 to 583 devices in 2013, an increase of over 500%.

As well as a year-on-year increase of devices activated under the BYOD scheme, the data also reveals the diverse spread of devices now used by TfL staff. Apple, BlackBerry, Nokia, Samsung, Motorola and HTC devices all feature, with over four times as many TfL staff using Apple’s iPhone as opposed to Android devices (70 Android devices versus 320 Apple iPhones). A mere 22 BlackBerry devices were reported, along with six “unknown” devices which were found to have connected to TfL’s network.

Chris Marrison, EMEA technical director, Infoblox said, “Personal mobiles and tablets are becoming ubiquitous in the workplace and IT directors will need to ensure that these devices can be used safely and securely on the network. Forward thinking organisations are already putting the necessary measures in place to enable improved productivity through BYOD initiatives, whilst safeguarding the organisation’s network from unauthorised access attempts which put data at risk.”

Android     70
Apple Mac                   3
BlackBerry  22
HTC    19
iPad  178
iPhone   320
Motorola    2
Nokia   2
Samsung  87
Unknown       6
WindowsPhone   15
Surface  7
Asus 1
Surface RT                   1



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