Security still primary concern for businesses with BYOD

Security still primary concern for businesses with BYOD

An overwhelming majority of employees are worried about using their devices at work as part of a bring your own device (BYOD) strategy, new research has suggested.

A survey commissioned by security specialists Webroot found that around 40 per cent of employees are using mobile devices within their workplace, with a further three quarters using their hardware.

The research found that the youngest group surveyed, 18-34 year-olds, were more likely than any other age group to use smartphones or tablets for work.

Many claimed they would use such devices regardless of whether they were personal or company-issued.

However, worryingly, around 70 per cent of employee devices were still running their initial security programmes.

Even when these security systems are given a boost, many workers feel they do not have the right amount of control over what is installed on their device. Indeed, a total of 73 per cent of employees surveyed said they would like to have a greater say in such matters.

In terms of the companies themselves, around 98 per cent of those surveyed said they had a BYOD policy in place, yet another 95 per cent said that security was still their main concern.

Such a low level of confidence heightens the need for an effective mobile device management (MDM) solution.

The MaaS360 from Fiberlink is a cloud based data security and device management platform that uses native applications and Exchange Active Sync to support BYOD policies.

Another option is DME from Excitor , which is an on premise solution providing secure email, secure browser and Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP), as well MDM itself.

"Today, with so many personal smartphones, tablets, and laptops now being used to access corporate data, the productivity gains and cost-savings for employers are substantial, but IT security policy-makers have to think differently and work more collaboratively with their users to determine security policies and practices that address the concerns of both parties," said Mike Malloy, executive vice president of products and strategy at Webroot.