Almost half of BYOD users have no password on smartphones

Almost half of BYOD users have no password on smartphones

With a host of businesses in the UK and around the world now implementing the bring your own device (BYOD) trend allowing staff to use their own devices security is more of an issue than ever.

However, it appears that this message has not got through to some firms and their employees as a Coalfire survey has highlighted a number of significant security issues.

It discovered that 84 per cent of respondents use their personal smartphone for work purposes, with 47 per cent of these admitting to not having a passcode to protect their device from others.

Of those who do take the time to add a password to their device, more than a third (36 per cent) admit to using the same one for multiple devices, exposing them to further security risks.

Rick Dakin, chief executive and chief security strategist with Coalfire, said: "Companies need to have security and education policies in place that protect company data on personal devices."

Despite the growing awareness, 60 per cent of respondents are still writing down passwords on a piece of paper.