Fifty-nine percent employees dodge mobile security controls: Survey

by CXOtoday Staff    Mar 01, 2012

IT department needs to be concerned about the data that mobile devices access and not the device itself.

Corporate mobile devices and the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon are rapidly circumventing enterprise security and policies.

Fifty-nine percent of respondents report that employees circumvent or disengage security features, such as passwords and key locks, on corporate and personal mobile devices, according to a global study on mobility risks conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by content security provider Websense.

“IT has spent years working on desktop security and trying to prevent data loss over web and email channels, but mobile devices are radically changing the game,” said Tom Clare, Senior Director of Product Marketing Management.

He added that tablets and iOS devices are replacing corporate laptops as employees bring-their-own-devices to work and access corporate information. “These devices open the door to unprecedented loss of sensitive data. IT needs to be concerned about the data that mobile devices access and not the device itself.”

According to a previous Ponemon Institute survey, IT respondents said 63 percent of breaches occurred as a result of mobile devices. Only 28 percent said employee desktop computers were the cause.

Seventy-seven percent of more than 4,000 respondents in 12 countries of Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Mexico, Singapore, United Kingdom, and the United States agree that the use of mobile devices in the workplace is important to achieving business objectives.

However, 76 percent also believe that these devices put their organizations at risk. Thirty-nine percent of the enterprises said that they have the necessary security controls to address risks.