Study Shows Companies Must Seek Stronger Networking Security
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The new study currently includes responses from over 4,300 IT experts in 8 countries, and concluded that even among companies that have personal device policies, nearly a quarter make unnecessary exceptions for executives.
The areas of high lacking quality included simple policies and basic employee education. The study findings were all added to the results of the GlobalSign study from 2012, which showed over 50% of IT professionals declined to utilize BYOD security plans, leaving them susceptible to compromise.
“BYOD is a huge opportunity for companies, but our research shows troubling signs of negligence in the face of these dangers,” Anders Lofgren, director of Mobility Solutions for Acronis said in a statement. “However, with policies and solutions that manage the flow of data between multiple devices and environments, companies can practice safe BYOD with confidence.”
The Acronis study focused primarily on company protection, and found basic elements of security were being left to the wayside by many companies, and instead given to the user. Less than a third of companies required employees to lock devices.
The hosting provider for a company that needs security updates is positioned to add service to those that are already within the provided spectrum. Bundling and hosting packages are already made available to such groups for security solution options, while it could be an opportunity to change the marketing message in order to capture BYOD niches.
Because of this, hosting providers may maneuver to meet demands by networking access control companies to provide such security packages as BYOD options. Acronis study showed that additional upsell and remote device wipes are performed 21% of the time when an employee leaves the company. The number is surprisingly low.
Acronis’ study reveals that “corporate files are commonly shared through third-party cloud storage solutions such as Dropbox.”
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