Corporate executives have long known that BYOD – for all its benefits – can be a tricky trend to deal with, as far as corporate data is concerned.
A recent study commissioned by Centrify and conducted by Osterman Research has found that 15 per cent of enterprise employee survey respondents feel they carry little to no responsibility for protecting corporate data on their personal devices.
Moreover, the survey found that 10 per cent of respondents have not implemented any protection measures, such as a password or a PIN, on devices they use at work.
Only 44 per cent of respondents indicated they think about device security on a day-to-day basis, while almost 10 per cent said they think of their security responsibilities only a handful of times a year.
“The results show that even employees of large multinational corporations, who are consistently warned of the dangers to their data directly from their IT department, are not keeping security top of mind,” said Michael Osterman, Principal, Osterman Research. “It is clear organizations need to continue to educate employees on the dangers and risks of mobile security but also look to solutions that safeguard the devices and applications which these employees have access to.”
More alarming, perhaps, is that 15 per cent of respondents said they have had their personal account or password compromised, while almost half of respondents said they have accessed corporate data while using an unsecured network, such as at an airport or coffee shop.
The survey also found that 32 per cent of employees who lose an unprotected device are unlikely to report it to their bosses in a timely fashion, with most preferring to “contract the flu or go on vacation with their mother-in-law.”
“As these results demonstrate, enterprise employees still need to be aware of security threats and best practices,” said Tom Kemp, CEO, Centrify. “Corporate employees are now leveraging applications on their devices to get their jobs done. As a result, there is greater need than ever for unified security identity across multiple devices and platforms.”
The survey was conducted in March 2014 and surveyed 500 corporate respondents from North American organizations with more than 1,000 employees.