SMBs ignoring BYOD risks

SMBs ignoring BYOD risks

Too many small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) are ignoring the risks that come with implementing a bring your device (BYOD) approach as part of their IT infrastructure.

That is the main finding of a recent study from Kaspersky Lab, which found that nearly a third of SMBs do not regard BYOD as presenting any potential danger.

Another 80 per cent even went as far as stating they had no interest in learning how to best manage the security on mobile devices.

Konstantin Voronkov, head of Endpoint Product Management with Kaspersky Lab said in a release that an increasing number of people within business were using at least one personally-owned mobile device for work purposes.

He added: "It is increasingly rare to come across a business professional who doesn't use their own mobile device for work. A laptop or smartphone enables you to do a large part of your business tasks remotely, from any global location.

"However, the loss of important corporate data via personal devices is a common occurrence, and a negligent attitude towards the security of mobile devices could pose a serious risk to a company's business. That is why it is important to use a reliable dedicated solution that addresses all modern requirements and market trends."

The study itself found that 92 per cent of employees had at least some sensitive corporate data stored on their own device, meaning security around mobile devices is likely to become an even hotter issue for many businesses.

One of the potential points of contention could be the fact that there seems to be a great deal of confusion as to who is actually responsible for the security of personal devices. Some 60 per cent of respondents said they expected their employer to handle such matters.

In reality, keeping mobile data secure is a matter for both employers – in the form of implementing a rigid and enforceable BYOD policy of use – and the employee themselves. It's no use putting guidelines in place if they are going to simply be ignored.