BYOD Use Surging; Policy Usage Weak

Monday, June 23, 2014 @ 03:06 PM gHale


It appears most everyone knows the security implications of policies regulating the use of personal devices to access company data, but most workers don’t pay attention to security policies regarding BYOD, a new report said.

Because of the increased technological capabilities of mobile devices, their number has increased exponentially, reaching a world total of 7.1 billion subscriptions, according to the report published by Bluebox Security.

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Users will use their phones at work more often than thought, and in plenty of cases they end up used to access company information, the report said.

Forty percent of the participants would use two or more personal devices at work. However, most of them (90 percent) rely on smartphones to check their email, SMS activity, access social networks or use work-related apps.

Although most users believe that iOS offers better security than an Android device, both of them are vulnerable to a large number of attack vectors when used behind the company network.

Phishing, address book mining or backup hijacking are just a few of the types of attacks both platforms end up exposed to, all the more when used in a corporate environment.

The number of apps accessed from mobile devices has increased and, as such, smartphones and tablets have become the new enterprise desktop.

With employers trusting the employees that they’re not using unapproved apps and with employees actually deploying about 21 apps, the security risks become evident in lack of proper BYOD (bring your own device) policies in place.

Only 40 percent of the companies involved in the study reported having BYOD policies in place, but some employees have absolutely no clue about the restrictions imposed.



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