Security Concerns for BYOD? Not Among U.S. Consumers

Security Concerns for BYOD Not Among U.S. ConsumersIn what comes as a somewhat alarming report from Gartner, most U.S. consumers aren’t concerned about security when it comes to BYOD.

Despite the rise in the use of personal devices for work, consumers “are showing scant concern for security” with regard to bring your own device (BOYD).

According to a recent survey by Gartner, a quarter of business users admitted to having had a security issue with their private device in 2013, but only 27 percent of those respondents felt obliged to report this to their employer.

The survey was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2013 with 995 full or part time workers in the U.S., all of whom use a private device for work purposes.

Meike Escherich, principal research analyst at Gartner, said that employee use of private mobile devices to access corporate information and services is exploding and with this trend comes a series of potential drawbacks.

“The threat of cyber attacks on mobile devices is increasing and can result in data loss, security breaches and compliance/regulatory violations,” Escherich writes. “One of the biggest challenges for IT leaders is making sure that their users fully understand the implications of faulty mobile security practices and to get users and management to adhere to essential steps which secure their mobile devices. For many organizations, overcoming BYOD security challenges is a full-time task, with a host of operational issues.”

BYOD security threats and trends will be discussed at the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit taking place June 23-26 in National Harbor, Maryland.