Increased BYOD Policies Expose Organisations To Data Loss Through Employee Sharing And Passwords – Chuck Leaver

Written By Ziften Technologies CEO Chuck Leaver


If your company has executed a bring your own device (BYOD) policy then you will be putting yourself at increased risk of cyber crime and the loss of your data, due to the fact that the devices will usually have insufficient control and endpoint security in place. With mobile devices, employees frequently access customer cloud services and utilise password practices that are not secure enough, and this represents a large chunk of the threats connected to BYOD. Using endpoint software that supplies visibility into specifically exactly what is running on a device can assist IT departments to comprehend and resolve their vulnerabilities.

BYOD is a typical method for executives and employees to gain access to sensitive business data on their personal tablets, laptop computers and cell phones. Nearly nine out of ten businesses in Australia had actually approved a number of their senior IT employee’s access to vital company info through their own BYOD devices, and 57% claimed that they had offered it to at least 80% of their management, revealed by a ZDNet Survey. With less privileged personnel and those that were brand-new the numbers supplied BYOD access was still up at 64%. These employees were not given access to monetary details though.

With the number of BYOD gadgets growing, a great deal of organizations have actually not executed the appropriate endpoint management methods to make their increasing mobile workflows safe. Almost 50% of the participants stated that their companies had no BYOD policies, and just 17% confirmed that their practices were ISO 27001 certified.

Safe BYOD Is Most likely At Most Risk From Passwords

Those organizations that had taken actions to secure BYOD the application of password and acceptable use policies were the most common. But passwords might represent a critical and unique vulnerability in the implementation of BYOD, due to the fact that users often use the very same passwords once again and they are not complex enough. While companies that have a BYOD policy will certainly increase the threat of a hacker attack, there might be an even higher threat which is internal said previous Federal Trade Commission executive Paul Luehr, in an interview with CIO Magazine’s Tom Kaneshige.

Luehr informed Kaneshige “the most typical method BYOD policies impact data security and breaches remains in the cross-pollination of passwords.” “A person is probably using the same or extremely comparable password as the one they use on their home devices.”

Luehr kept in mind that prime risks for organizations that allow BYOD are disgruntled employees who will often expose essential data once they have been let go, are prime threats for businesses that have allowed BYOD. Because of BYOD the distinction between work and home is disappearing, and dangerous habits such as using social media on business networks is being practiced by some staff members, and this can be a start to finally sharing sensitive information either wilfully or carelessly utilizing cloud services. The efficiency gains that are made with BYOD have to be preserved with the implementation of extensive endpoint security.