Enterprise mobility has been one of the hottest trends in corporate computing throughout the past several years, and more businesses have deployed BYOD than those that are still avoiding it altogether. While the benefits of this trend are vast – especially in terms of driving spend management efficiency, employee engagement and productivity – the security concerns are very real, and new research indicates that companies remain behind the eight ball with these projects.
Help Net Security recently reported that IT vulnerabilities are becoming widespread because of unchecked BYOD deployments, citing the findings of a recent study from Harris Interactive. According to the news provider, the researchers surveyed roughly 2,000 employees in the United States workforce and found that a combination of employee privacy concerns and corporate control fears are shaping the current market.
The source explained that roughly 60 percent of employees that participate in BYOD programs are not taking the necessary steps to protect their devices from threats through relatively standard measures. Surprisingly, Harris Interactive also found that more than half of these respondents would in fact refuse to participate in BYOD programs if their employers forced them to use a security solution.
Researchers from the firm suggested that companies begin to become a bit more proactive and comprehensive in their BYOD security policy frameworks, specifically when it comes to getting employee buy-in. After all, a BYOD program that is not well received by the individuals using it will rarely yield optimal outcomes for the business, both from a security and productivity standpoint.
Mobility is the latest aspect of unified communications to become an important matter for the average business owner, and solutions provided by reliable vendors can quickly begin to ease the strain placed on these organizations from BYOD and trends like it.