BYOD Programs Hampered by Inadequate Security Policies
The Webroot survey revealed more than twice as many workers report using personal devices than those using devices issued by their employers.Many employees participating in bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs do not take adequate steps to protect company information, a weakness that could result in critical security breakdowns, according to a survey from threat detection specialist Webroot. Based on data collected by Harris Interactive, the report surveyed more than 2,000 working professionals in the United States, concluding that while 62 percent of employees would be receptive to security software on personal devices, these requirements would need to be communicated clearly by their employer. The number of employee-owned smartphones and tablets used in the enterprise will exceed 1 billion by 2018, as the growing trend of BYOD redefines business connectivity, according to a November report from analytics firm Juniper Research. The Webroot report revealed 60 percent of those using a mobile device for business have either no security or just the default features set on the phone. However, 73 percent of those surveyed said they agree that employees should have some influence on software or security installed on personal devices used for work.
Employers being able to access employees’ personal data emerged as the top worry, with a majority describing themselves as either extremely concerned or very concerned about it.