Mobile Dependence and the Modern Business Traveler (Infographic)
Do you check your smartphone while sitting on the toilet? You can go ahead and admit it; you’re not the only one. According to statistics reported by PC Housing, 75 percent of business travelers save time by scrolling through their iPhones and BlackBerrys in the bathroom. (Android users are the actually the most likely offenders).
PC Housing places business travelers in temporary corporate houses and apartments across the country, so it’s familiar with the demographic. Using data compiled from a variety of travel and tech sources, PC Housing put together an interesting infographic on the growth of mobile dependence within the business travel community.
It’s not at all surprising that technology plays a major part in the daily activities of the modern frequent business traveler. But some of the details surrounding the time we spend connected to our tech devices are remarkable.
For instance, PC Housing’s data shows that 20 percent of smartphone users log on to Facebook before they even get out of bed in the morning while the average business traveler checks their smartphone 34 times a day.
And while we’re sure that those of you who travel often for work know that it can make you feel frequently burned out, but did you know that statistics show that business travelers work over 240 more hours per year than the average American worker?
Some of the data actually suggests that our gadgets might actually be ruining our quality of life. 56 percent of mobile workers say that they exercise erratically or not at all due to technology.
One major lesson to be taken away from PC Housing’s data: the ability to multi-task is not always a blessing.
Although a whopping 98 percent of respondents said that technology allows them to multi-task and 65 percent said that multiple devices allow them to be more productive, they admitted that the activity resulted in lower levels of concentration and prolonged task completion.
See more stats in PC Housing’s infographic:
Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT
Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.
“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.
Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:
- Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
- CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
- Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data
However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”
In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies.
The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help.
“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”