BYOD Security Management Still an Issue for Businesses
A Bitglass survey found just 14 percent of organizations have successfully deployed mobile application management (MAM) solutions.Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of organizations, led by the financial services sector, support BYOD for all or some employees, according to a recent Bitglass survey. However, relatively few organizations are able to control access to corporate data, remotely wipe devices or enforce device encryption, the survey found. The survey, which polled more than 800 cyber-security professionals in the financial services, technology, healthcare, government and education sectors, found just 14 percent have successfully deployed mobile application management (MAM) solutions. "The level of concern with respect to security in BYOD is really no different than with other types of IT systems," Rich Campagna, vice president of products at Bitglass, told eWEEK. "Regulated industries such as health care and financial services require that large numbers of users handle personally identifiable information, and the success of their business depends on their ability to protect customer data. The fact that these users are often mobile and demand BYOD access makes security particularly challenging."
He noted fewer than half of organizations are doing anything other than password protection on BYOD devices—even choosing to forgo policy basics such as remote wipe and encryption.