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Nearly One Third of People Surveyed Prefer to Lose Wallet over Mobile Device

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New BYOD survey shows employees value mobile data privacy, leery of wiping capabilities

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 16, 2014-- Zix Corporation (ZixCorp), (NASDAQ: ZIXI), a leader in email data protection, today released the results of a commissioned research study focused on employees’ opinions about bring your own device (BYOD) policies and the value they place on data contained on personal mobile devices. The uSamp-conducted study — which surveyed more than 1,000 individuals — revealed that the majority of respondents cited significant concerns with mobile security capabilities, such as remote wiping and privacy invasion by employers.

The study shows that the dominant business uses of personal devices are checking work email, calendar and contacts – 84% of respondents said they check work email from their mobile devices, and 41% do so at least daily. The study indicates, however, that a large majority of employees surveyed dislike their employer having the ability to control all or part of the device or access personal information. In fact, 71 percent of respondents said they would avoid using personal devices for work if they knew their employer could remotely wipe their device if it was lost or when the employee left the company. In addition, 41 percent of respondents said they would wait a few hours to over a week before reporting the loss to their company if they knew it would be wiped. This puts valuable corporate data at risk and increases the chance that unauthorized individuals can access data on the device.

“For many employees, the personal data on their mobile device is priceless,” said ZixCorp CEO Rick Spurr. “In turn, it’s vital for companies to have a BYOD solution that not only meets the security needs of business but also the convenience, control and privacy demands of employees. Otherwise, the threat of remote wiping or loss of privacy could jeopardize the benefits of BYOD or, worse, corporate data protection.”

Employees are extremely attached to their mobile devices, which often contain personal data, such as photos and videos. As a result, 55 percent of respondents said they would rather have their employer track their location than wipe their mobile devices. Also, 31 percent of respondents would rather lose their wallet than their phone.

ZixOne® solves these key BYOD challenges by enabling secure access to corporate email while never allowing that corporate data to reside on the device where it would be vulnerable to loss or theft. The ZixOne approach does not include the ability for companies to wipe data on the device; it’s not required because corporate email data never resides on the device. It also provides significant BYOD benefits, including:

  • Convenient and secure employee access to corporate email, calendar and contacts
  • Full employee control of personal device functions, data and apps
  • Protection of employee privacy and trust, as well as mitigated employer legal concerns without access to any personal data

For complete survey results and breakdowns, please visit www.zixcorp.com/byod/employee-survey. To learn more about ZixOne, visit www.zixcorp.com/byod.

About Zix Corporation

ZixCorp is a leader in email data protection. ZixCorp offers industry-leading email encryption, a unique email DLP solution and an innovative email BYOD solution to meet your company’s data protection and compliance needs. ZixCorp is trusted by the nation’s most influential institutions in healthcare, finance and government for easy-to-use secure email solutions. ZixCorp is publicly traded on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol ZIXI, and its headquarters are in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit www.zixcorp.com.

Source: Zix Corporation

Zix Corporation
Taylor Stansbury Johnson, 214-370-2134
tjohnson@zixcorp.com