Why that Christmas gadget could lead to security problems in your workforce

Why that Christmas gadget could lead to security problems in your workforce

The festive season has well and truly worn off, but it's effects on workplaces across Britain could be more lasting.

Gadgets have long been a favourite in terms of Christmas presents, with smartphones, tablets and even pieces of wearable technology now hugely popular with many gift-givers, leaving many people eager to showcase their new gadgets within the workplace.

However, companies could be putting themselves at risk in terms of security, with the swathe of new devices often coming at a cost of keeping sensitive information and data secure, leaving many firms at risk of having their systems hacked, particularly if they employ a bring your own device (BYOD) policy.    

That is the main finding in a new report by Ernst & Young (EY), which added that the enthusiasm for using a new device within the workplace is often not met by a suitable BYOD policy.   

It means that many gadgets could inevitably exploited by criminals.

Massimo Cotrozzi, director of cybercrime investigations at EY, said: "We are only in the first few days of 2015, but we are already seeing issues with companies leaving themselves exposed to this phenomenon.

"The new smart mobile/tablet and wearable tech that employees bring into the office could be now connecting via the corporate wireless networks to external cloud systems which, in the best case, have not been appropriately protected, let alone tested.

"Organisations that are unprepared could be caught napping while hackers are getting in, using employee devices, via the back door."
Security has become one of the most important considerations for many companies, with 84 per cent of firms stating that it has a medium or high priority.

However, figures have shown that despite playing a high level of importance on the issue, too many companies are finding themselves slow off the mark in dealing with the threat. Only two-fifths are reportedly planning on increasing spending to cover the threat posed by BYOD.