April 25, 2014

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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