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BYOD Survey Results: Employees are not playing it safe with company data

August 14, 2012, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

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Employers are seeing a drastic increase in the number of employees using personal smartphones and tablets in the office. This “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) trend is causing headaches for the IT department and there is no stopping this trend. Due to the sensitive nature of company information often accessed on those devices, it has become a growing concern for small and large businesses alike.

The risk associated with allowing employees to access sensitive information on their personal devices can become a huge causality for a business if lost or stolen. Many companies are reaching out about what are the best practices for decreasing the risk associated with this trend.

In response to such questions, we decided to conduct our own survey on the trend to see how many companies are actually using safe methods when it comes to their mobile device usages policy. What we found was surprising.

After surveying 400 individuals in a variety of different industries (not affiliated with IT) across North America, we found that more than half (of the 84 percent of respondents who use the same mobile device for personal use and work) report their companies have NO mobile device usage policy set up.

The weekly hype about data breaches and different companies being compromised is astounding.  We were taken back by the lack of simple defenses companies should be using to protect themselves. The majority of individuals are still using “unsafe” methods when it comes to mobile device security. But more importantly, very little is being done by companies to safeguard this problem.

This inforgraphic showcases some of the most important insights our survey found:

We’ve taken these findings and digested this information further in our perspective on Bring-Your-Own-Device.  Click the link to view the complete results of this BYOD survey.

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Bitzer Mobile
It's scary to think that such a large percentage of employees are not clear on company mobile usage policies. For e.g. employees are not sure what happens if their mobile is lost or stolen..if their company data can be safely wiped out. The risks associated with this lack of clarity is enormous that companies cannot be laissez faire about this!!
8/20/2012 12:11:59 PM

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