Business landscapes are changing. Technology is becoming a more important tool and introducing new security concerns. It is also important to consider that the human element is as important to preventing a breach as running the latest antivirus software.
CareerBuilder put out a the results of a new survey which focuses mainly on workers with laptops, and polled 3,800 workers nationwide. Of the 26 percent of respondents that said they have an office laptop, 61 percent reported to having sensitive business information saved on them. Additionally, 18 percent have accessed business email through a smartphone.
BYOD practices bring with them the fear of potentially losing or having a device stolen and the report found many employees have a lax attitude about it. According to the survey, 57 percent of workers don’t have a laptop security device while 52 percent do not lock their computer when they leave their desk. Additionally, 25 percent admitted to leaving their machines unsecure overnight. When it comes to smartphones, 5 percent reported to have had one lost or stolen.
One concern from the early days of email is a potential virus from attachments, and employees still need to be careful. According to the report, 18 percent of workers have opened something from a sender they did not know or visited a website known to be unsecure. Even worse, 9 percent admitted to downloading a virus on a company machine.
“Laptops and mobile devices are quickly becoming the preferred technologies for many businesses,” said Eric Presley, CTO at CareerBuilder, in a press release. “It’s important for employers and workers alike to take precautions to reduce vulnerabilities and keep company information secure.”
The positives effects that a BYOD strategy can bring to a company can be negated by poor security practices. By partnering with an experience IT consulting firm like CTI Technology, these concerns can be addressed prior to implementation.
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BYOD practices bring with them the fear of potentially losing or having a device stolen and the report found many employees have a lax attitude about it.