One in 10 companies has a compromised BYOD device

One in 10 companies has a compromised BYOD device

As many as one in ten companies are operating with at least one compromised device within their system, a new report has suggested.

Research from MobileIron also found that more than half of enterprises (53 per cent) have at least one device that is not in compliance with corporate security policies.

The problem cannot be underestimated as the report warns that just one compromised device can make systems vulnerable to costly attacks.

The findings have prompted some experts to urge companies to do more, with Mike Raggio, director of security research at MobileIron, insisting that companies need to look at establishing a fundamentally different mobile architecture.

He added that the increase in smartphones and tablets within many workplaces meant there was potentially an "unprecedented amount" of mobile business data at risk.

"As more business processes are mobilised, hackers look to mobile apps to capitalise on enterprises' inability to prevent and detect mobile threats," he said.

According to MobileIron, one of the key problems being faced by companies utilising mobile devices is the fact that most of the control is with the end user rather than with the administrator.

It adds that when a device falls out of compliance guidelines, it is usually because it's not in contact with an EMM (enterprise mobile management) platform.

Alternatively, another cause is when administration has been deactivated, making it inaccessible remotely for IT.

Another problem is the fact that many companies do not have a unified security policy.

Mr Raggo added: "Today's organisations have far too many disparate security technologies that are rarely fully integrated with each other. Even when integrated, they rarely include information about mobile devices and apps."