Organisations continue to report security concerns after implementing BYOD policies

For many small and medium sized business, bring your own device (BYOD) is always going to be an attractive option – reducing overheads, greater collaboration, and so forth. But security concerns simply will not go away – and according to new research from Paymentsense, more than half of small firms surveyed said they had experienced a breach since opening up the policy.

Six in 10 (61%) SMEs said they had experienced a cybersecurity incident. According to the more than 500 small business owners polled, the most frequent incident was around malware, cited by 65% of those polled. Viruses, cited by 42% of respondents, and distributed denial of service (26%) rounded out the top three.

The more employees an organisation hires, the greater the concern becomes. Only 14% of microbusinesses – cited in this study as up to 10 employees – reported a cybersecurity incident after introducing a BYOD policy. This compares sharply with businesses of between 11 and 50 people, where the figure is 70%, and SMEs of 101 to 250 people, where the figure is at 94%. What’s more, BYOD policies are more likely to be in place the more employees an organisation has.

“Although our study shows the popularity of BYOD amongst small businesses, it’s alarming to see so many reporting incidents since implementing these schemes,” said Chafic Badr, head of digital at Paymentsense in a statement. “As with all cybersecurity issues, the biggest factor is the human one – employees need to be aware of their responsibilities and the risks associated with a BYOD system.”

Back in November, research from Bitglass found that one in four organisations polled used only passwords for BYOD security. Yet in terms of other methods for authentication, respondents – more than 200 IT and security professionals attending an analyst conference – were less than convinced. 61%, for instance, said they had reservations around Apple’s Face ID facial recognition tool as a viable method of BYOD authentication.

 

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