Over half of business networks compromised by BYOD

Over half of business networks compromised by BYOD

Half of the businesses in the UK operating their own network have been compromised in some way thanks to poor understanding and control of the bring your own device (BYOD) trend.

According to a study carried out by Virgin Media Business, 51 per cent of secure IT networks were breached in 2012 due to employees using personal devices to access work-related materials.

With the BYOD trend set to continue growing in 2013, it is important for companies to put sufficient security measures in place to protect themselves, and also to create a personal device policy.

Tony Grace, chief operating officer at Virgin Media Business, said: "Last year was clearly a bumpy road for companies introducing personal devices at work.

"That's natural enough as no one has so far been able to come up with the magic solution. CIOs shouldn't see this as a burden and in 2013 they can take the lessons learned and turn these personal devices into business enablers to really help drive the bottom line."

He noted that "security, connectivity and user policies" are the three main areas that businesses should be embracing to use new technologies and working practices correctly and effectively.

Virgin Media noted that a tablet was sold every second in the run up to Christmas, up 112 per cent in the same period last year, meaning that more and more workers will be returning to their job with the hope of utilising their own personal device.

"But with just a fifth of large firms having a BYOD policy, businesses will continue to experience security breaches until connectivity, security and user policies are put in place," he explained.

Mobile device management is a tool businesses could use to limit any potential data security risks as it allows the control of multiple devices remotely.

Arrow provides two enterprise mobility security solutions, MaaS360 from Fiberlink and DME from Excitor, with the former representing a cloud-based option and the latter an on premises solution.