BYOD Security a Major Issue for Small Businesses: Trend Micro
A survey sponsored by Trend Micro suggests bring your own device (BYOD) programs are lacking in adequate security.As organizations continue to adopt bring-your-own-device initiatives, which allow employees to use personal mobile devices to connect to the company network, these businesses are potentially opening themselves up to security breaches, according to a survey of more than 100 small and midsize business IT security providers during June and July 2012, which was sponsored by cloud security specialist Trend Micro and conducted by Osterman Research. The survey found the typical SMB employee uses a number of endpoint devices, such as a desktop computer, notebook, tablet, smartphone and home computers with various applications on them. These multiple access points can also be opening through which malware can enter the organization's network. According to the report, cyber-criminals employ multiple compromised endpoints and social networking sites to infect a wide range of targets, including the most popular mobile devices such as those running Google Android and Apple iOS.
During a typical month, 4.3 percent of endpoints become infected, which translates to an infection rate of 52.1 percent annually, according to survey results, with a growing number of organizations reporting security violations through their use of Web and email. The survey revealed that between 2007 and 2012 there was a 35 percent growth in Web violations and a 12 percent growth in email violations, including malware, phishing and related types of attacks.