BYOD Taking Over Business, but Security Issues Persist
A survey of BYOD participants found there is widespread acceptance of personal device use, but lax security controls.Ninety percent of U.S. employees used their personal smartphones for work within the past year, yet only 46 percent believe their employers are prepared for any issues that could arise from BYOD, according to a new study in which a network of Cisco partners polled 1,000 consumers. The survey revealed that 39 percent of employee's personal devices are not password-protected, and 84 percent of employees reported that their employers would not replace their personal devices if lost or broken, even though an almost equal percentage uses their personal devices for work. Of all BYOD, or bring your own device, participants, 69 percent of respondents said that there is an assumption that they will read work emails after hours. More than nine in 10 (92 percent) of BYOD participants access their own smartphones for work every week—62 percent at least every day and 30 percent at least once per week, the study found. However, only 6 percent of workers said their employers paid for their smartphones outright. Just 3 percent received a stipend. A small number of workers (11 percent) reported receiving any kind of small reimbursement for their smartphone devices. Just over half (52 percent) reported accessing unsecured WiFi networks with their devices, a well-known vulnerability in the cyber-security industry.
Just last year, for example, a popular Mozilla Firefox plug-in was identified that allowed users to exploit devices that were connected to unsecured WiFi networks.