woensdag 27 november 2013

Are you keeping your work devices safe?


BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies have been causing sleepless nights to IT managers and company executives, ever since they became popular. However, a recent survey, conducted in the UK, reveals that there is something even worse than employees using their own devices for work. What do you think it is? It’s employees using and losing their work devices. Information Age collected some shocking numbers from a recent survey of 2,500 UK adults, by Vision Critical and Trend Micro.

The most disturbing news to IT managers is that over one quarter (27% to be exact) of participants have reported having up to three work devices lost or stolen, while only 11 per cent have ever lost a personal device.

But the so-called “culture of carelessness” goes far beyond losing devices. Although 31% of participants use wireless hotspots regularly, less than half of them (44%) check security levels of networks before using them. The same percentage said they are more worried about losing personal content, such as photos, videos or banking details, than sensitive business data. Only 3% were concerned about letting cybercriminals access corporate information.

Rik Ferguson, global VP of security research at Trend Micro said: “The survey shows a worrying attitude of carelessness towards work devices and an ignorance of the full impact of losing data without the correct security measures being put in place.”

“Employees should take the same amount of care with their work device as they do with their personal ones, and be made fully aware of the procedures and risks before a device is given to them.”

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.