Smartphones have overtaken laptops as the mobile device of choice for large businesses, while security remains a key issue for IT managers.

According to a survey of 100 UK companies by Good Technology, the number of consumer devices entering the workplace has doubled in six months, while 42 per cent of IT managers claim to have seen to unauthorised consumer devices cause data breaches.

Andrew Jacques, EMEA vice president and general manager at Good Technology, said: “IT managers are under pressure to familiarise themselves with new devices, constantly changing data plans, new platforms and apps and the security issues associated with them.”

A recent survey by Courion found that one in ten IT decision makers had experienced a data breach as a result of a lost mobile device while 69 per cent of organisations said that their employees were using personally-owned mobile devices to connect to the corporate network. However Courion found that 21 per cent either did not have a policy in place to govern the use of personal mobile devices on their network, or did not know if one exists.

Commenting on its survey of 988 IT decision makers at large organisations, Dave Fowler, senior vice president of product and marketing for Courion, said that mobile devices are now accepted as necessary tools for productivity in the enterprise, regardless of how they affect data security.

“That is the new reality. Companies are scrambling to keep up with the information access vulnerabilities and compliance violations created by mobile devices that access and store confidential information. The right access assurance solution can bring the same strength of protection to mobile devices that companies have deployed internally,” he said.