BYOD Programs Expose Businesses to Security Risks
The report found 30 percent of BYOD users would share their mobile devices with friends or family members even if they hold critical company data.Seventy-one percent of employed Americans who own personal mobile devices are able to connect them to the secure network provided by an employer, but do not take the proper precautions to safeguard their devices or the data they have access to, according to a Bitdefender study of 1,045 Internet users in the United States. According to the respondents, 29.7 percent of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) users would share their personal mobile devices with friends or family members even if they hold critical company data. Demographically, employees between the ages of 45 and 64 are sharing their devices to a lower extent, while those with low education are more open to sharing. "Most likely, BYOD users do not perceive their devices and the way they store corporate information pose a real threat to the company itself. Most of the time, the smartphone is still perceived as a mobile phone rather than a miniature computer, although the latter better describes it as a device," Bogdan Botezatu, senior e-threat analyst at Bitdefender, told eWEEK. "Also, convenience seems to trump security and users would rather leave their phone’s display always unlocked than having to deal with the pattern or pin-based unlock mechanism every time they check their e-mail or social network activity."
Botezatu noted that while an informed employee is effective and empowered, large companies unfortunately have to survive with undersized IT teams that barely have the necessary time to deal with mission-critical issues, and they seldom train all the employees and explain the indirect technological implication of mobile device misuse.