According to Absolute Software, the three most popular types of applications downloaded by employees are business/productivity (19% of total), news (18% of total) and social media (18% of total). This mix demonstrates how employees see their mobile devices as multi-functional, choosing to use them for both work and personal tasks.

However, opinion amongst the CIOs surveyed is still divided, demonstrating the uncertain future of the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) trend in British, French and German workplaces: 52 per cent say they accept and embrace BYOD, while 48 per cent oppose it.

“There is still uncertainty amongst businesses over how to handle the BYOD trend, but mounting pressure from employees means a solution will be required sooner rather than later,” commented Stephen Midgley, VP, Absolute Software. “The crucial question is how to balance the user’s right to privacy with the company’s requirement to protect its data; the ‘right to wipe’.”

The research found that the UK sees the integration of business and personal data as far less important than Germany or France does. Only 39 per cent of CIOs in the UK see it as the future, compared to 59 per cent in France and 50 per cent in Germany. “Mixing the two types of data complicates the ‘right to wipe’ dilemma,” continued Midgley. “If a company cannot differentiate its own data from that of an employee when it’s sitting on an iPad, smartphone or laptop, then it becomes hugely problematic.

“Companies need to implement technology which allows them to segment and control the environment within which corporate data is accessed and used. By doing so, IT can ensure they retain complete control and visibility over corporate data on employee-owned devices,” Midgley concluded.