65 Percent of Kaspersky Lab Survey Participants Say Bring Your Own Device is a Business Security Risk
Companies Vary in Efforts to Address Using Personal Mobile Devices in
MA – December 16, 2013 –
According to the Global Corporate IT Security
Risks 2013 survey, conducted by Kaspersky
Lab and B2B International, 65 percent of survey
participants see a threat in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend to their
business. However, only 10 percent of respondents stated that they would
enforce a strict prohibition on employees using their personal devices for work
purposes. The overall survey results show a growing concern about BYOD, but divided
opinions about the best way to combat the threats BYOD brings to a business.
addition to the 10 percent who would like to ban employees from using personal
devices to access company data, 25 percent plan to limit the number and type of
employees that can bring their own devices to work. At the same time, a
majority of companies are looking for ways to embrace BYOD while still keeping company
data secure. According to the survey, 31 percent stated they would actively
allow more employees to use their personal devices for work purposes, while 34
percent did not believe that prohibitive measures would prevent employees from
using their own devices.
business concerns around BYOD is a direct result of the possible threats posed
by mobile devices. The survey also showed that the improper use of these
devices is a frequent cause of IT security incidents, resulting in the loss of
critical company data. Around 18 percent (2 percent more than in 2012) of
respondents said their companies had suffered confidential data leaks because
of information leaked via a mobile device.
few companies are adopting specialized software products to protect their
corporate network against such threats. Around 40 percent of companies are
using antivirus solutions for mobile devices and only 24 percent use Mobile Device Management solutions.
The need for mobile security and management
BYOD becomes more common, companies will need to
increasingly consider implementing a centralized management of all employee
mobile devices. For
Security for Mobile is available either as a
targeted solution or as a component of Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business. This solution lets administrators secure and
protect data, even on employees’ own smartphones and tablets. Mobile endpoint
protection can be deployed remotely through centralized Mobile Device
Management (MDM). With a single unified administrative console, all corporate
endpoints, including BYOD mobile devices, can bemanaged
together in one integrated security platform.
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