Mobile Device Security a Major Issue for Businesses
About one-quarter (23 percent) of respondents indicated that they do not know their company's procedure for dealing with work device loss or theft.When asked about appropriate penalties if they leak or lose company data, one-quarter (25.2 percent) of American enterprise workers surveyed by Absolute Software said there should be no punishment since data security is not their responsibility. The survey, which focused on the state of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies within organizations and the current sentiment of workers regarding responsibility and compliance for corporate data contained on mobile devices, found more than one-third (35 percent) of respondents who had lost their mobile phones stated that they did not change their security habits afterwards. While 75 percent of respondents felt that they should face some penalty if they lost corporate data, many of those who had lost a device with work data on it said their punishment ranged from "nothing" (34 percent) to simply having to replace the device (30 percent) or getting a "talking to," but nothing else (21 percent). "If firms don't set clear policies that reflect the priority of corporate data security, they can't expect employees to make it a priority on their own," Tim Williams, mobile enterprise data expert and director of product management at Absolute Software, said in a statement.
Nearly two-thirds (59 percent) of enterprise mobile users estimated their corporate data to be worth less than $500, and 10 percent of respondents indicated that their employer is not looking to introduce a procedure for the loss or theft of work devices.