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Data Sprawl - a Growing Problem for Corporations

Information moves at a breakneck speed, and the amount of data produced worldwide every day is staggering. With each new device and system added to a network, a company’s collective “data sprawl” becomes even broader. Within a single corporation, end users can expect there to be twice as much data in 14 months as there is today.

Left unsecured, this data can lead to enormous problems for the business, as well as its individual employees and customers. In today’s fast-paced, increasingly mobile world, corporations must carefully consider how to best manage each and every endpoint and the precious information it holds.

First, let’s take a look at some of the factors that lead to data sprawl. Consider these statistics:

  • The average mobile employee carries 3.5 mobile devices, including laptops, smartphones and tablets.
  • Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies are increasingly popular, with 30 percent more BYOD smartphones added every year in the U.S., according to Computer World.
  • Across an organization, many different devices and operating systems are used for work. Here’s the breakdown, according to a report from Forrester Research:
    • 63 percent use Windows OS
    • 12 percent use Apple OS
    • 7 percent use Google Android
    • 5 percent use RIM
    • 13 percent didn’t know
  • A whopping 57 percent of the global workforce works from multiple locations in a given week, according to Forrester Research.
  • To complicate things further, nearly 80 percent of organizations offer no formal training on BYOD privacy risks.

On top of those figures, consider how information is managed in your own work and personal life. Often, a single file is replicated tens or even hundreds of times as it is shared throughout a group of people. This creates even greater data sprawl and leaves files more susceptible than ever.

Protecting All That Data

For organizations that are beginning to experience data sprawl, it’s time to secure all of your various endpoints—even those that belong to your employees. By rolling out a desktop virtualization environment, corporations can help protect against data breaches that can occur as a result of employee negligence, fraud and theft, and BYOD security gaps.

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) leverages a unique set of data security systems to ensure the safety of all devices, while maintaining user privacy. These applications include VMware Horizon Suite, View for virtual desktops, Mirage for remote desktops and Workspace for applications. By addressing desktop and data security, as well as management of remote physical devices and multiple devices (including phones, tablets and PCs), the VDI applications ensure that organizations are in compliance with regulations such as HIPAA in healthcare and secure in the face of data theft and BYOD/mobile access.

As the amount of information rapidly grows within corporations around the globe, so do the security threats facing these organizations. By taking just a few important steps, however, corporations can seamlessly safeguard their employees’ laptops, smartphones and tablets—no matter where in the world they are working.