Security Lagging In Expanding BYOD World

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Mobile devices in the enterprise have become so prevalent, the term “mobile-first” is already growing old. It doesn’t mean, however, that mobility in the enterprise is a foregone conclusion, nor is it a secure, solved mechanism of conducting business.

The first issue faced by companies is whether or not to allow employees to use their own devices for work purposes, also known as Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD), or issuing corporately-owned devices across the enterprise.

A recent survey shows the BYOD approach is a bit fast and furious, however, with loose rules and light regulations, if any.

While employers are giving the go-ahead on BYOD formats, they don’t have the proper policies – or securities – in place to stave off a serious breach or threat. According to the survey, 51-percent of survey takers said they never received instructions for using a personal device at work, and only 39-percent of those responding said their companies have a formal BYOD policy.

Enterprise Mobility Exchange spoke with a few employees of mobile-friendly companies who shared their thoughts on BYOD policies. One of the men said he now uses his corporate device for personal use, despite some blacklisted apps, and stopped using his personal device because carrying around two phones was frustrating.

See related: What’s In Your Pocket? The BYOD Vs. Corporate Conundrum

Another employee in the sales industry said he uses his personal phone for work purposes and is reimbursed by the company, but admitted he keeps most his personal use on the device to a minimum.  

Previous predictions by research center Gartner showed half of employers will require employees to supply their own device for work purposes by 2017. That forecast settled heavily in the midsize and large organizations group for companies with 2,500 to 5,000 employees. On top of that, Gartner suggested companies using a BYOD platform only reimburse employees for smartphone monthly plans, and to never buy or provide a device for the employee.

In stark contrast to the study released recently about employees who have no idea what their company’s police is on BYOD use, Gartner said “it is essential that IT specify which platforms will be supported and how; what service levels a user should expect; and what the user’s own responsibilities and risks are.”

Enterprise Mobility Exchange will be hosting a webinar on assessing a hybrid cloud approach for the enterprise, another major security area organizations must now consider. Find out more about the event and how to join by going here.