Increased remote work drives BYOD, but security is not keeping pace
- Published: Thursday, 09 July 2020 07:52
Bitglass has released its 2020 BYOD Report, which analyses enterprise use of bring your own device (BYOD) as well as the state of personal device security within organizations. Bitglass partnered with a leading cybersecurity community and surveyed IT professionals to understand how their businesses have enabled the use of personal devices, what their BYOD security concerns and challenges are, and what actions they have taken to protect data in an increasingly remote and flexible work environment.
As the shift to remote work has increased, most businesses are embracing BYOD in the workplace. 69 percent of respondents said that employees at their companies are allowed to use personal devices to perform their work, while some enable BYOD for contractors, partners, customers, and suppliers. While the use of personal devices in the work environment is growing rapidly, many are unprepared to balance security with productivity. When asked for their main BYOD security concerns, 63 percent of respondents said data leakage, 53 percent said unauthorised access to data and systems, and 52 percent said malware infections.
Despite the concerns, the research shows that organizations are allowing BYOD without taking the proper steps to protect corporate data. About half of the surveyed organizations lack any visibility into file sharing apps (51 percent), 30 percent have no visibility or control over mobile enterprise messaging tools, and only 9 percent have cloud-based anti-malware solutions in place. Compounding these problems are results that demonstrated that organizations need physical access to devices and even device PINs to secure them. This may be acceptable for managed endpoints, but it is a clear invasion of privacy where BYOD is enabled.
“The top two reasons enterprises hesitate to enable BYOD relate to company security and employee privacy,” said Anurag Kahol, CTO of Bitglass. “However, the reality is that today’s work environment requires the flexibility and remote access that the use of personal devices enables. To remedy this standoff, companies need comprehensive cloud security platforms that are designed to secure any interaction between users, devices, apps, or web destinations.”