Businesses are leaving themselves open to security breaches due to improper employee security training. A quarter of business users admitted to having had a security issue with their personal device in 2013, but just 27 percent of those respondents said they felt obligated to report this to their employers.
Gartner found that 26 percent of those polled said their employers required use of BYOD devices, and 15 percent of respondents said they signed a BYOD agreement. However, 59 percent who regularly use their private devices for work have not yet signed a formal agreement with their employer.
Almost half said they spend more than an hour every day using personal devices for work, and approximately half of respondents regularly use their devices for both social and productivity tasks. This suggests work-related documents are regularly being transferred to private devices, Gartner said.
Enterprises must decide whether to allow employee-owned devices to access their enterprise’s network and information. Companies failing to embrace BYOD will force it underground and into the shadows, potentially resulting in security issues, the report warns.
Companies, especially small and midsize businesses, may not have the proper organizational structures to create BYOD policies and must reorganize to provide the necessary governance for a successful BYOD program. “Organizations that do decide to allow employee-owned devices need to develop solid BYOD policies based on their business requirements and risk profits,” Escherich said.
Businesses will need assistance from telecom service providers to “evaluate and implement policies and procedures, ongoing user education, and sourcing and deploying mobile security, encryption and mobile-device management solutions,” Escherich advised.
There are significant differences in BYOD adoption and attitudes in different countries and regions. For example, emerging markets appear less focused on security and more on the immediate cost benefits. The report found the U.S. market to be more advanced than most.
Almost two-thirds (65 percent) of employers permit the use of privately owned Android devices for work. Twenty percent regularly connect private devices to their network through a VPN.