A new survey has revealed how 95% of employees are concerned about the security of using their own devices at work. The BYOD-related report was commissioned by security specialists Webroot. It highlighted how some employees are not taking the necessary measures to protect company data and secure personal mobile devices for the workplace.
The survey shows that over 40% of employees now use mobile devices at work with around three quarters of those using their own devices. The report also highlighted how 70% of staff devices still just have the security which came with the device when it was purchased. Meanwhile, 73% said they should have some say over what security is installed on their device by their employer.
In relation to employers, while 98% have a BYOD policy in place, 95% are concerned about the security risks. Almost 40% of IT staff are not confident they could uninstall security software from an employee's personal device without wiping the device and losing personal data.
With BYOD bringing security threats that can leave confidential company data vulnerable, Webroot’s 'employee bill of rights' sets out what employees should expect when using their own devices at work - privacy over personal data, inclusion in decisions on what affects their device and having the option to stop using their personal device for work at any time.
‘Traditionally, employers could dictate the type of security used on each device, because all devices were company-issued and IT could fully manage them,’ said Mike Malloy, executive vice president of products and strategy at Webroot.
‘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.’