Why Do Companies Fear BYOD?

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Bangalore: The alarming raise of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is considered as a threat to most of the companies, but only a few are concerned about the security measures to be implemented to handle such risks, reveals the Global Corporate IT Security Risks 2013 survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab.



The survey was conducted on a wide scale, covering companies across 24 countries. The study showed that companies in Japan is most concerned with 93 percent respondents accepting BYOD as a threat to the security of the company. Whereas in North America -69 percent, Middle East- 65Percent South Africa- 75Percent, and Western Europe- 62Percent  of respondents came up with the same opinion.



The study also found the reason behind the business concerns points to the security system. Around 20Percent of respondents from South Africa disclosed the data leakage from their companies through various mobile devices. It is the mobile device’s sensitive security systems leading to leakage of important data, the survey said.



Eventhough most of the companies are anxious regarding the security risks involved in BYOD, they didn’t implement any prohibitive measures against the usage of personal devices. On the contrary, some companies adopted special strategies like using antivirus solutions and mobile device solutions. Eventhough the conditions are like this, the survey also showed that about 21 percent of respondents planned to encourage the BYOD policy. Quite a few, around 34 percent were of opinion that prohibitive measures cannot restrict employees to bring their own devices.



Bangalore: The alarming raise of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is considered as a threat to most of the companies, but only a few are concerned about the security measures to be implemented to handle such risks, reveals the Global Corporate IT Security Risks 2013 survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab.



The survey was conducted on a wide scale, covering companies across 24 countries. The study showed that companies in Japan is most concerned with 93 percent respondents accepting BYOD as a threat to the security of the company. Whereas in North America -69 percent, Middle East- 65Percent South Africa- 75Percent, and Western Europe- 62Percent  of respondents came up with the same opinion.



The study also found the reason behind the business concerns points to the security system. Around 20Percent of respondents from South Africa disclosed the data leakage from their companies through various mobile devices. It is the mobile device’s sensitive security systems leading to leakage of important data, the survey said.



Eventhough most of the companies are anxious regarding the security risks involved in BYOD, they didn’t implement any prohibitive measures against the usage of personal devices. On the contrary, some companies adopted special strategies like using antivirus solutions and mobile device solutions. Eventhough the conditions are like this, the survey also showed that about 21 percent of respondents planned to encourage the BYOD policy. Quite a few, around 34 percent were of opinion that prohibitive measures cannot restrict employees to bring their own devices.



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