Businesses unclear who is responsible for BYOD security

Businesses unclear who is responsible for BYOD security

The rapid growth of the bring your own device (BYOD) trend in the UK and around the world has left many organisations confused about who is responsible for security.

According to a KnowBe4 survey, 37 per cent of respondents believe that the corporation should take responsibility for protecting devices and the data they hold, while 39 per cent said the end users are responsible, and a fifth said it should be shared.

Worryingly, three per cent said that they were unsure about who is looking after the security of personal devices in their organisation.

Laura DiDio, principal analyst at Information Technology Intelligence Consulting, which was also involved in the study, said that the results should be a "wake-up call" to organisations to "proactively managing and securing corporate data".

"Security awareness training should be an integral part of a BYOD deployment, just as Human Resources departments require sexual harassment training," she concluded.

A recent iPass survey indicated that 51 per cent of respondents said that they could remotely wipe data from lost and stolen devices through mobile device management.