There has been a growing problem surrounding employers who allow a “bringing your own device” (BYOD) to work policy, as this often gives employees access to the company’s networks, according to Washington Technology. A new study conducted by SANS Institute found that many businesses and organizations aren’t aware of the extent of the use of personal devices. In fact, only 9 percent of companies are “fully aware” and 50 percent were “vaguely or fairly” aware of what their employees were doing with with their own technology at work.
Due to the fact that these businesses are not fully prepared, many are scrambling to find solutions before their company’s data gets in the wrong hands.
“Another interesting note is that organizations are reaching for everything at their disposal to manage this risk,” said Deb Radcliff, executive editor of SANS Analyst Program. “Among them are user education, MDM [mobile device management], logging and monitoring, NAC and guest networking and configuration controls.”
The survey also showed that heightened concern isn’t stopping employers from allowing these devices into the workplace.
“More than 60 percent of organizations today allow staff to bring their own devices,” said SANS Senior Instructor and survey author Kevin Johnson. “With this type of permissiveness, policies and controls are even more important to help secure our environments.”
Mobile phones, tablets and laptops that do not have employee monitoring software installed can serve as a threat to a company. It is expected in the next few years, programs will be put in place and policies will be drawn up to avoid any compromises that negatively affect a company.
The news source reports that the White House is also jumping on board and developing a federal BYOD policy. These personal devices can be a threat to foreign agents, as employees can create nodes on networks without knowledge or expose internal information if devices are lost.
Even though a number of companies and the government are making moves to limit BYOD policies, there is a chance some may be slightly too late, and this issue is not going away anytime soon.
“We think the cyber issues for BYOD are a huge legal area and will be very tough and challenging for corporations and government agencies,” Rob Burton, partner at the Venable LLP law firm, told the news source.