Companies Don't Have The Right Tools
Companies didn't predict the speed at which BYOD would be adopted. But the risk is real, and it's on the rise, as laptops, tablets, smartphones and flash drives become an increasingly common way for employees to access and use data in the workplace, according to IT professionals interviewed for the Ponemon analysis. Yet, fewer than half of IT professionals in charge of BYOD policies said their company understood the risk, and many said they were shut out of decisions that other staff may not fully be equipped to make when it comes to security. Three-quarters said it's difficult to stop employees from using insecure mobile devices to access regulated data such as account numbers, passwords, Social Security numbers, mobile phone numbers and payroll information. And nearly as many -- 72 percent -- said it's hard to tell when employees are doing so.