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CIOs are banning staff from using public wifi networks

Chief information officers are banning their staff from public wifi networks due to security concerns, a new survey has revealed.

The research, carried out by iPass, found that two thirds of CIOs banned employees from accessing the hotspots. However, UK IT leaders appear to have a more liberal approach to the networks. A total of 42 per cent of UK-based CIOs have no plans to ban access, compared to just 9 per cent of their US counterparts.

“While it is great that mobile workers are increasingly able to work from locations such as cafés, hotels and airports, there is no guarantee the Wi-Fi hotspot they are using is fully secure,” said Raghu Konka, vice president of engineering at iPass. “Given the amount of high-profile security breaches in recent years, it’s not surprising this issue is on the radar of CIOs.”

The research also revealed that more than half (57 per cent) of CIOs “suspect” their mobile workers have fallen victim to a security incident over the last year, and that 81 per cent had observed wifi related mobile security incidents over the same time period. iPass surveyed 500 CIOs and IT decision-makers in the UK, US, Germany and France.