Workers can stay PCI compliant on mobile devices

Workers can stay PCI compliant on mobile devices

While bringing a device to work may not be popular among government agencies and retail companies, a new study by Good Technology shows that regulated industries, such as healthcare and finance, have very high adoption rates. This could be because of data security software that helps people separate work from personal things on their mobile device and stick with PCI compliance.

“Once you solve that problem, we’re not surprised that [these industries] are the broad adopters,” John Herrema, senior vice president of corporate Strategy at Good Technology, told Gigaom in an interview. “They’re very much information-driven, knowledge-driven, real-time, access-to-data-driven."

The survey shows that 70 percent of respondents said they let employees bring their won smartphone or tablet to work, 19 percent are considering allowing it and 9 percent said they have no plans to allow for a bring your own device program at work.

Big companies don't seem to be concerned about IT security when people bring devices from home, as 80 percent who have supported the bring your own device have 2,000 employees, 60 percent have over 5,000 employees and 35 percent have over 10,000 employees. These companies need to be careful to keep their servers safe so they can keep with PCI compliance.