Only 16 per cent of smartphone users aged between 18 and 29 have security software on their device.

According to Good Technology's survey of 1,000 people in the age group, 84 per cent are unlikely to have any software protecting their mobile handsets.

Andy Jacques, EMEA vice-president and general manager at Good Technology, told SC Magazine that the decision to deploy security software was ultimately determined by how seriously the user takes online threats.

"That gets more important when they use their device for work and we allow them to use a device that's been designed for consumer activity in the enterprise space. What we're seeing is a wave of devices entering the enterprise/workplace; at that point it becomes a serious issue for businesses to deal with,” he said.

The survey also found that half of the respondents wanted their employer to implement proper security measures on employee devices. Jacques said: “Again, Good Technology provides enterprise security on devices to enable companies to protect their mission-critical data on consumer devices. There are threats consumers are facing, but we're focused on the enterprise.” 

The survey also found that 82 per cent of respondents admitted to using their personal phone for work purposes, and only eight per cent had a company-issued smartphone.