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Employees Slacking on Security of Their Mobile Devices

A survey says that 15% say they had a password compromised.

Many employees still don't take BYOD security seriously, a new survey shows: Nearly 45% have accessed sensitive corporate data on their personal devices via unsecured networks, such as those at airports or coffee shops.

This is happening at a time when the bring-your-own device (BYOD) explosion is well under way. Some 45% of employees on average have more than six third-party apps installed on their personal mobile devices, and 15% admit to having had a personal account or password compromised. There's an attitude among a few that they aren't responsible for locking down their mobile devices: 15% say their responsibility for this is "none to minimal," while about 10% have no password, PIN, or other security on the mobile devices they use for work.

The study, conducted by Osterman Research and commissioned by integrated identity management firm Centrify, included responses from more than 500 enterprise employees of organizations in North America with more than 1,000 employees.

Tom Kemp, CEO at Centrify, says it's surprising that 15% of the respondents had a password hacked or stolen. "And this means that the number is even greater, given that many users may not know their password has been stolen or don't want to admit it. So we may be talking about 25% or more of passwords hacked," Kemp says in an email interview.

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Becca L
Becca L,
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4/27/2014 | 8:23:51 PM
re: Employees Slacking on Security of Their Mobile Devices
It's all about convenience! Surely we can all relate to this: "The VPN isn't working and I need to get my notes, and sure the Starbucks isn't exactly secure but I have work to get done. I'm sure it will be fine." Given the circumstances and millions of way security can be compromised I'm surprised the survey didn't come back with 100%, instead of 45%.
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4/25/2014 | 5:26:26 PM
re: Employees Slacking on Security of Their Mobile Devices
I'm surprised that anyone would neglect to secure their mobile devices, especially those used for work. That doesn't only make company data vulnerable; it jeopardizes the security of mobile banking apps, social media accounts, etc.
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