Increase of BYOD and Remote Working: Security is Not Keeping Pace

Bring your own device (BYOD) refers to the trend of employees using personal devices to connect to their organisational networks and access work-related systems and potentially sensitive or confidential data. The seek to balance mobile security concerns with employees’ productivity.

As the shift to remote work has increased, most businesses are embracing BYOD in the workplace. BYOD has been the most radical change to the client computing industry in decades, and while it does offer a wealth of potential advantages, BYOD still has its opponents. The top two reasons enterprises hesitate to enable BYOD relate to company security and employee privacy.

BitGlass has released its 2020 BYOD Report, which analyses enterprise use to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) as well as the state of personal device security within organisations. BitGlass 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 o protect data in an increasingly remote and flexible work environment.

69% 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% of respondents said data leakage, 53% said unauthorised access to data and systems, and 52% said malware infections.

BYOD has been the most radical change to the client computing industry in decades. While it does offer a wealth of potential advantages, BYOD still has its opponents.

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