Despite a large number of organizations expressing concern over bring-your-own-device (BYOD), many IT departments are yet to take significant steps to discuss best security practices with employees.
Study: Organizations lack BYOD policies, employees lack awareness
Despite a large number of organizations expressing concern over bring-your-own-device (BYOD), many IT departments are yet to take significant steps to discuss best security practices with employees. A recent survey by risk and compliance services company Coalfire found that 49 percent of respondents' IT departments have failed to discuss mobile or cybersecurity with them.
Other key findings include:
• 84 percent use the same device in their personal lives and at work.
While the survey highlighted current problems with mobile device security, there are actions organizations can take based on this data to protect critical data, even in light of the growing BYOD trend.
Education and MDM are critical for mobile device security
"The BYOD trend is not slowing down, and while it has many benefits, it’s also introducing a number of new security risks that may be foreign to many companies," said Rick Dakin, CEO and Chief Security Strategist with Coalfire. "The results of this survey demonstrate that companies must do much more to protect their critical infrastructure as employees work from their own mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, in the workplace. Companies need to have security and education policies in place that protect company data on personal devices."
Mobile device management lessons learned
"Companies rarely use the right technology to enable what they want," said McQuire, who was quoted in the article. "Our research shows only a fifth of companies are using proper device management."
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