Weak BYOD Security Endangering Company Data
Businesses are in danger of data breaches without informing employees of BYOD security policies and best practices.As more employees bring their smartphones, tablets and notebooks to work and businesses implement bring-your-own-device, or BYOD, initiatives to increase worker productivity, they may also be putting corporate data at risk due to a lack of adequate security controls and employee education, according to a survey conducted by Coalfire, an IT governance, risk and compliance services company. The majority of individuals are remain lax when it comes to mobile device security, especially how they store passwords, according to the study, which is based on a poll of 400 non-IT department individuals in a variety of industries in North America. The survey found 47 percent of respondents have no passcode on their mobile phone, even though 84 percent of individuals stated they use the same smartphone for personal and work usage. What's more, 36 percent said they reuse the same password, and 60 percent of respondents said they are still writing down passwords on a piece of paper.
"The BYOD trend is not slowing down, and while it has many benefits, it's also introducing a number of new security risks that may be foreign to many companies," Rick Dakin, CEO and chief security strategist with Coalfire, said in a prepared statement. "The results of this survey demonstrate that companies must do much more to protect their critical infrastructure as employees work from their own mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, in the workplace. Companies need to have security and education policies in place that protect company data on personal devices."