Firms Face an Uptick in Mobile Security Breaches

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 2014-12-10 Email

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement has radically transformed the enterprise and has helped organizations achieve productivity and cost gains that were previously unimaginable. It also has led to happier,more engaged employees. But there's a downside to these gains. One of the most troubling issues is a rapid uptick in mobile security breaches. According to British telecom firm BT, 98 percent of U.S. firms allow employees to use personal mobile devices for work. However, organizations struggle to manage mobile devices, develop effective policies and controls, and create a secure environment that works for both the business and the employees. A recent survey, which was conducted by BT in conjunction with market research firm Vanson Bourne (with 640 interviews from managers at large global organizations), explored the uptake in adoption of BYOD and corporate-owned-personally-enabled (COPE) devices. It identified a number of key areas that CIOs and other business and IT executives must deal with, including executive and staff attitudes and security protocols.

Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).

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