BYOD still a risk for businesses

News by Dan Raywood

The risk of bring your own device (BYOD) outweighs the benefits, according to reports.

The risk of bring your own device (BYOD) outweighs the benefits, according to reports.

Research by ISACA of 1,000 UK office workers and more than 4,500 of ISACA members from 83 countries found that despite there being a 22 per cent drop in enterprises that prohibit BYOD, 59 per cent felt that it was a risky move.

Marc Vael, international vice president of ISACA, said: “Given that 23 per cent of employees in the UK now use their own personal devices for work purposes - devices over which the enterprise has limited control - companies need to advocate an embrace-and-educate approach. Embrace the technology, but provide ongoing training about the personal and enterprise risks and how to avoid them.”

Recent research from Juniper found that by 2014, there will be 350 million employee owned smartphones and tablets in the enterprise. Research from Kaspersky Lab found that one in three organisations (33 per cent) allow their staff unrestricted access to corporate resources from their personal smartphones, yet 19 per cent have a complete ban on the use of mobile devices for work activities and 11 per cent of businesses currently use mobile device management software.

Jonathan Dale, director of Fiberlink, said: “Any delay in an IT department's ability to support the latest technology will increase risk, cause gaps in security, or decrease user productivity. Apple, Google and the device manufacturers such as Samsung have all added features within the 18 months that highlight this need. It's key to be able to either enable or disable these features in order to protect corporate data and increase productivity.

“With the adoption of mobile devices across the enterprise showing no signs of slowing between now and 2014, supporting employee demand to use personal devices in a secure environment that protects corporate and personal data will be critical to the long term success of BYOD.”

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