Employees using BYOD still presenting a threat to companies

Employees using BYOD still presenting a threat to companies

UK companies allowing their workers to use personal devices for work purposes are running the risk of having data being lost or stolen.

That is the finding of a study conducted by Arlington Research and Acronis in May and published earlier this month.

It found that 40 per cent of British businesses do not have the necessary policies in place to secure devices being used as part of a bring your own device (BYOD) policy.  

As a result, many employees could be accessing and sharing regulated company information through smartphones and tablets that are not managed by their IT department.

According to the research, 60 per cent of Brits have used personal devices for work, while another one in five have admitted to losing a device containing sensitive business data.

Acronis claims companies need to implement basic security measures such as key locks and passwords, while also promoting a culture where data is a company-wide concern and not restricted to one person.

It added that in the case of lost devices, it was always best to ensure that any sensitive or regulated data can be securely erased in a timely manner.

Daniel Model, manager for sales engineering Europe at Acronis, said companies needed to do more to ensure their systems were protected.

He added: "We are calling for all UK businesses that are tapping into the power and productivity benefits of mobile workers to take data protection seriously and prevent easy access to and sharing of company data and remove the risks involved with mobile workers."