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KnowBe4 and ITIC study: Security lacks for ‘own devices’

Bring-your-own-device deployments have been among the biggest trends in corporate computing usage in the last 12 to 18 months, but a study has found that 71 percent of businesses that allow BYOD have no specific policies and procedures in place to support their deployment and ensure security.

Clearwater-based KnowBe4, a security awareness-training firm, conducted the study with ITIC, a research and consulting firm based in the Boston area specializing in conducting independent surveys tracking crucial trends.
Nearly two-thirds of businesses now allow end users to use their own devices as a corporate desktop or use mobile devices to access organizational data including email, applications and sensitive data.
The ITIC/ survey polled 550 companies worldwide in July and August. The survey found that only 13 percent of respondents said their firms have specific policies in place to deal with BYOD deployments. Another nine percent indicated they were in the process of developing procedures.
A 57 percent majority of respondents said the end users purchased/owned their BYOD devices. The compares with19 percent that indicated the corporation buys and owns them.
BYOD usage does help businesses contain costs and lower the administrative burden of IT departments as end users manage, maintain and in many cases pay for their own devices.
There is a huge downside to this trend: security.
“Mobile devices are the new target-rich environment,” said Kevin Mitnick, KnowBe4’s chief hacking officer, in a statement. “Based on lessons learned in the early days of the personal computer, businesses should make it a top priority to proactively address mobile security so they avoid the same mistakes [of the PC era] that resulted in untold system downtime and billions of dollars in economic loss.”

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