BYOD Users Threaten IT Security: Fortinet
First-generation bring-your-own-device (BYOD) participants are likely to expose businesses to new security risks.As the first wave of bring-your-own-device initiatives gains traction in the workplace, the first generation of BYOD participants could pose a serious risk to corporate IT networks, according to a survey from network security specialist Fortinet. The poll, conducted in 15 territories during May and June 2012, asked more 3,800 active employees in their 20s about their perspectives on BYOD, its impact on their work environment and their approach to personal and corporate IT security, and found one in three respondents said they would contravene a companys security policy that forbids them to use their personal devices at work or for work purposes. Survey results indicted the primary driver of the BYOD practice is that individuals can constantly access their preferred applications, especially social media and private communications, and this next generation of decision makers and managers is increasingly viewing the use of personal devices in the workplace as a right, rather than a privilege. Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of respondents across all territories already regularly engage in the practice, the study found.
While 42 percent of the respondents believe potential data loss and exposure to malicious IT threats to be the dominant risk, suggesting the first generation of BYOD workers understands the risks BYOD poses by to their organizations, this risk awareness does not prevent those workers from bypassing corporate policies. India had the highest number of respondents who were willing to contravene a corporate policy banning the use of personally owned devices for work purposes, where 66 percent admitted they have or would do so.