CIOs in Hong Kong stepping up fight against lax BYOD practices, new data reveals

One in three CIOs polled by Robert Half say a ‘lack of employee knowledge and skills around data security’ will be the biggest security risk their organisation faces in the coming five years.

The study, which surveyed 100 CIOs and CTOs in Hong Kong, found that almost three quarters (74%) of respondents allow their employees to access corporate data on their personal devices.

Only one respondent said their company was doing nothing to protect the company’s data on BYOD, while deployment of mobile device management (MDM) and getting employees to sign an acceptable use policy was cited by 57% and 56% of respondents respectively. More than half (51%) said they provided training to employees, while 45% say they implement authentication and authorisation to grant access to the corporate network.

An overwhelming 98% of respondents said it was challenging for their company to find skilled technology professionals, with almost a quarter (23%) saying mobile security skills were the most sought after.

“Although it may not be intentional, simple human error can expose companies to increased cyber-attacks and situations where sensitive company data can be compromised,” said Adam Johnston, managing director of Robert Half Hong Kong. “The impact of a data security breach on a company’s reputation can be devastating and it can take years to win back customer confidence, so proactively developing a robust IT security strategy that covers both external and internal risks should be a top priority.

“Protecting their company from the cyber threats posed by employees and BYOD is a crucial issue for Hong Kong CIOs,” Johnston added. “The solution is to treat IT security as a continuous enterprise-wide process while making all employees aware of the risks associated with email, social media and confidential information.”

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