BYOD users still ignoring security threat

BYOD users still ignoring security threat

BYOD owners are still not paying enough attention to the security threats relating to sensitive and private company data, figures have suggested.

According to a survey from gadgets insurer Protect Your Bubble, 43 per cent of employees adopting a BYOD approach have no security measures in place to protect information stored on their smartphones, leaving them open to cyber criminals.

The issue of data security has become something of a hot topic in recent weeks on the back of a number of high-profile breaches, with the most recent being at Tesco, which saw the Clubcard details of millions of customers stolen and posted online.

Although that particular breach was not necessarily related to the use of BYOD, the issue is expected to become more of a concern for business choosing to adopt mobile working policies.

This is especially true given the fact that practices such as BYOD have long been seen as a potential security threat if not secured properly through an effective mobile device management policy.

Findings from Protect Your Bubble found that less than a third of smartphone devices among BYOD users have a PIN or passcode, while just 26 per cent have either a company data encryption service in use, or an online self-service user portal connected to their devices.

It seems that many users are still underestimating the threat posed, as only 21 per cent of BYOD owners claimed that they would be concerned of others accessing sensitive and private information if they lost their device.

Stephen Ebbett, director of Protect Your Bubble, said: “The BYOD culture benefits employees who, understandably, want just one all-singing smartphone to do the job of two, but it can make businesses more prone to security breaches if devices fall into the wrong hands. Mobile devices are highly susceptible to loss and theft, constituting more than a third of Protect Your Bubble’s total claims each year. But it’s up to companies to keep a firm handle on devices given to employees, and know who is accessing information in order to protect sensitive data."