BYOD Puts One in Three Organisations’ Corporate Security at Risk
ABINGDON, England, November 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
23 per cent of businesses admit to losing data through BYOD
Businesses are putting their corporate security at risk, with one in three
organisations (33 per cent) allowing their staff unrestricted access to corporate
resources from their personal smartphones, according to a survey conducted by B2B
International on behalf of Kaspersky Lab.
The research revealed that 38 per cent of companies apply some kind of restriction on
smartphone use, such as bans on access to certain network resources. A further 19 per cent
have a complete ban on the use of mobile devices for work activities, but only 11 per cent
of businesses currently use Mobile Device Management (MDM) software to ensure compliance
with corporate security policies.
Despite many companies placing no restrictions on the use of personal devices
(smartphones, tablets and laptops), 34 per cent of those surveyed think these devices
present a significant threat to the business. A worrying 23 per cent admitted they had
already lost business data due to the loss or theft of mobile devices, indicating a
significant security risk from the use of personal devices in the workplace.
Even with the evident risks connected to storing work-related information on personal
devices, only 9 per cent of organisations are planning to introduce a strict ban on their
usage in the future. This could be explained by the fact that 36 per cent of the IT
specialists surveyed believed that, irrespective of any new measures, the number of user
devices in the workplace will only increase.
David Emm, Senior Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab comments; “BYOD is a tricky
subject for organisations. Allowing employees the opportunity to use their own devices in
the workplace can lead to enhanced productivity and creativity, but can also bring
increased risk. Rather than applying a blanket ban on the use of personal devices,
businesses should look to manage and secure the use of these devices, enabling them to
reap the benefits of BYOD without the security worry.”
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