The phenomenon of organizations allowing or encouraging their employees to use their own computing devices for workâ€“known as Bring Your Own Device, or BYODâ€“is now widespread in many countries, bringing with it some serious risks to company networks and data. As we first reported here on the blog a few weeks ago, ESET commissioned a Harris Interactive survey to help companies get a handle on the scale and scope of these risks. We have now summarized the most important findings in this handy BYOD graphic appropriately titled: BYOD security is no LOL matter.
After contacting 2,000 people, Harris got detailed responses from some 1,300 adults in America who are currently employed and found that more than 80 percent of them â€œuse some kind of personally owned electronic device for work-related functions.â€
Some of these devices are older technologies like laptop and desktop computers, but smartphones and tablets (iPhones and iPads, Windows Mobile and Android devices, etc.) are already a significant part of the BYOD phenomenon.
And a variety of what you might call “unsafe computing” practices were observed across all devices. For example, among employees who have been using their own laptop for work, more than 30 percent have connected to the company via a free or public (and quite likely hackable) WiFi connection.
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