14 November 2012
security software provider Kaspersky Lab has warned that poor management of
BYOD and personal devices in the workplace could be putting corporate security
As part of its recent 2012 Global IT Security Risks report, the company
commissioned B2B International to survey more than 3,300 senior IT
professionals from across the world throughout July 2012.
The results revealed that despite the fact that the risk of allowing
smartphones into the workplace has been highly publicised, 33 per cent of organisations
are still allowing employees to access corporate resources from their portable
devices without restriction.
Furthermore, only 11 per cent of those surveyed claimed to be currently
utilising a Mobile Device Management solution in order make sure corporate
security policies were being complied with.
According to the Global IT Security Risks report, 34 per cent of organisations
now consider mobile devices as being a potentially serious threat to business
Just over half - 55 per cent - were also willing to admit that they are
spending more time thinking about the security of corporate smartphones and
tablets than they were in 2012.
Despite this, the outlook towards BYOD was seen as generally positive amongst
most of the survey participants. 36 per cent of those questioned said that they
were planning on encouraging staff to utilise personal devices for work in the
Kaspersky Lab notes that this approach may well benefit a forward thinking
organisation, but emphasised that common safety rules would need to be enforced
and that an effective solution would need to implemented in order "to
control and protect all devices".