BYOD Threats Require Additional IT Resources: Webroot
Companies implementing BYOD programs face a number of security threats and are unprepared for potential incidents, a Webroot survey indicates.Although bring-your-own-device, or BYOD, initiatives can bring a multitude of benefits to businesses, security remains a major concern for companies with limited IT resources. Most organizations that allow employees to bring their own devices are experiencing high rates of mobile threats, including lost or stolen devices, malware and compromised company data, according to the findings of a study sponsored by security specialist Webroot. The study, based on a survey of endpoint and mobile-security decision makers in companies with 10 or more employees in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, found that more than half reported mobile threats, reduced employee productivity and disrupted business activities; 61 percent of survey respondents said they required additional IT resources to manage mobile security, resulting in higher costs. Further, 63 percent of companies surveyed reported significant increases in demand for help desk support to repair, replace or manage the security of smartphones and tablets in the company, consuming as much as 36 percent of one help desk technician's time resolving these issues each month. The study also found an overwhelming 82 percent of respondents said they believe that mobile devices create a high security risk within the corporate environment. Results indicated that mobile security is a high priority for half the companies supporting BYOD, equating to increased help desk support and consumption of valuable IT resources. In addition, 45 percent reported lost or stolen devices in the past year and 24 percent experienced mobile malware infections, crippling productivity and potentially compromising company and customer data.
While 46 percent of BYOD companies have implemented mobile security, only 40 percent of companies with fewer than 100 employees have mobile security. Despite having access to more IT resources, larger organizations--those with 500 or more employees--are at even higher risk.