Security and employee privacy biggest barriers to BYOD

Increased employee mobility (63 per cent), satisfaction (56 per cent) and productivity (55 per cent) dominate as the top drivers of BYOD, according to a new survey from Information Security and vendor partners in the security industry. Interestingly, these employee-related drivers were considered more important than reduced costs (47 per cent).

The ‘BYOD & Mobile Security Report’ was based on the results of a comprehensive survey of over 882 professionals across a broad cross-section of organizations about their adoption of BYOD-related concerns and practices.

But the biggest inhibitors to BYOD adoption, according to respondents, are, unsurprisingly, security (39 per cent) and employee privacy (12 per cent). In contrast, management opposition (3 per cent), employees’ unwillingness to take on additional expenses (6 per cent), and user experience concerns (4 per cent) were not considered significant barriers to BYOD adoption.

When it comes to security, data leakage/loss was cited as the top BYOD security concern by 72 per cent of respondents. Meanwhile, 56 per cent are worried about unauthorized access to company data and systems, and 54 per cent are concerned that users will download unsafe apps or content.

One in five organizations have suffered a mobile security breach, primarily driven by malware and malicious WiFi, with security threats to BYOD imposing heavy burdens on organizations’ IT resources (35 per cent) and help desk workloads (27 per cent).

[pullquote]Despite increasing mobile security threats, data breaches and new regulations, only 30 per cent of organizations are increasing security budgets for BYOD in the next 12 months.[/pullquote]Among respondents, 39 per cent of organizations reported that BYOD or corporate-owned devices had downloaded malware at some point in the past. More than one-third of the surveyed respondents said they are “not sure” if malware has been downloaded in the past, indicating a lack of or ineffective monitoring of BYOD and corporate-owned devices in the workplace.

However, despite increasing mobile security threats, data breaches and new regulations, only 30 per cent of organizations are increasing security budgets for BYOD in the next 12 months, while 37 per cent have no plans to change their security budgets.

In terms of the stage of BYOD adoption reached, 40 per cent of organizations have made BYOD available to all employees, however, not all organizations are on board. In fact, 13 per cent have no plans to support BYOD, 3 per cent gave it a try but abandoned it and 9 per cent don’t currently offer it, but plan to start in the next 12 months.

The full report can be downloaded here: http://download.blancco.com/download/byod-and-mobile-security-study.pdf.

This http://www.UCInsight.com news story appeared here on 7th April 2016: http://www.ucinsight.com/latestnews/security-and-employee-privacy-biggest-barriers-to-byod/