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Companies have differing opinions regarding bring your own device (BYOD) programs – and in some cases, different factions within the same organization may have opposing views.
For example, Finance leaders and other members of upper management may support BYOD because of the potential for cost savings and productivity benefits, while the IT department has serious concerns about new security risks.
How are companies reconciling those divergent opinions? In many cases, they’re choosing to adopt BYOD programs while accepting the fact that they’re likely to suffer a security breach as a result, according to a recent survey conducted by Symantec.
Among 236 organizations surveyed, the majority had experienced at least one mobile security incident in the past year, including:
- A lost or stolen device (cited by 60% of respondents)
- Mobile spam (60%)
- Mobile malware infections (43%)
- Phishing attacks (40%), and
- Exposure of confidential information (19%).
But despite those incidents, 70% of companies say the benefits of BYOD are equal to or greater than the risks.
More can be done
The survey also shows that many organizations could be doing more to prepare for those risks. In fact, in an earlier survey conducted by Cisco, only 46% of employees who use a personal device for work said they believe their employer is adequately prepared to prevent security incidents.
One thing that’s especially challenging for companies: enforcing BYOD policies. While most organizations have policies in place regarding personal mobile devices, not all (just 80%) of those say they enforce their policies. And just 68% use technology to enforce the policy. Many (11%) rely on the honor system or wait for other employees to point out violations.
As a result, 42% of employees admit to using a personal device for work even when it’s not allowed by the company’s policy.
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