BYOD security risks on the rise – but the lure of greater productivity is too much

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It is perhaps not a surprising finding – but the results of a study into BYOD security and adoption has revealed how mobile security risks are on the rise, but the need for greater productivity means the rise of personal device policies continues to rise with it.

The study of 800 global cybersecurity professionals, conducted by Crowd Research Partners and sponsored by Bitglass, Blancco Technology Group, Check Point, Skycure, SnoopWall and Tenable Network Security, found security (39%) and employee privacy (12%) are much greater fears for BYOD when compared with less technical elements, such as user experience worries (4%) and management opposition (3%). Despite these fears – with one in five organisations polled saying they had suffered a mobile security breach – only 30% of organisations polled said they are planning to increase their security budget for BYOD next year, compared 37% who have no change planned.

It is not just the end user which gets affected by lax security either; the research notes how BYOD security threats put pressure on organisatons’ IT resources, cited by 35% of respondents, as well as adding a mountain of work to IT help desks (27%).

“BYOD can be a tough nut for organisations to crack,” said Blancco Technology Group CEO Pat Clawson. “The [potential for data breaches] often creates a chicken or egg scenario – where organisations contemplate whether to push forward with BYOD without having complete security controls in place, or to postpone until they can be absolutely certain data won’t be leaked.

“To change this, we need to educate businesses on the full scope of mobile security risks and technology solutions that can help them protect data across the entire lifecycle – and get the C-suite to understand the impact on overall business growth,” added Clawson.

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