Mobile Devices Still Unsecured in the Workplace
The survey found 43 percent have accessed sensitive corporate data on their personal device while on an unsecured public network.Ten percent of respondents in a survey conducted by Osterman Research and sponsored by Centrify still do not have a password, PIN or other security measure enabled on the mobile device they use for work purposes, potentially exposing organizations to grave risk. The survey, which was developed to assess the security sentiment and behavior of enterprise employees that use personal smartphones as their primary mobile device for work, revealed that 15 percent of enterprise employee survey respondents believe they have "none to minimal" responsibility to protect corporate data stored on their personal devices. "The results show that even employees of large multinational corporations, who are consistently warned of the dangers to their data directly from their IT department, are not keeping security top of mind," Michael Osterman, principal with Osterman Research, said in a statement. "It is clear organizations need to continue to educate employees on the dangers and risks of mobile security but also look to solutions that safeguard the devices and applications which these employees have access to." Upon losing an unprotected mobile device, 32 percent of respondents would rather contract the flu or go on vacation with their mother-in-law than tell their boss, the survey found.
More than 15 percent have had their personal account or password compromised, and 43 percent said they have accessed sensitive corporate data on their personal device while on an unsecured public network, such as the airport or a coffee shop.