A new report by MokaFive states that the majority of businesses now allow employees to use their personal devices at work. According to the results of the BYOD: The IT Perspective survey, 88% of respondents said their companies have some form of BYOD, whether it is sanctioned or not.
However, 31.8% of the respondents cited that their companies do not have BYOD policies in place to protect their networks.
The survey of 335 IT professionals also revealed the following:
- Virtual private networks (VPNs) are the most common security solutions. Of the respondents whose companies have BYOD policies in place, 63% use a VPN to protect their data. Other common forms of security are two-factor authentication (28.3%) and mobile device management (MDM) software (26.4%).
- IT professionals find MDM too intrusive. The majority of respondents (77%) expressed negative views when they spoke about MDM, as they feel that the software infringes on their privacy. Comments about MDM included, “I don’t care for it,” “Violated!” and “Not acceptable.”
- Companies allow employees to store data on insecure networks. Two-thirds of the respondents reported that they use third-party cloud services, such as Dropbox or Google Drive, to store their data. The report warns that these “commercial cloud storage and backup providers can present security risks to corporate data, since data is in the hands of a third party. Even when cloud repositories are encrypted, it’s often that third party—not their customers—who hold the encryption keys.”
For more information, click here to download the BYOD survey results.