BYOD Making Risks Worse
BYOD can be an especially dangerous weapon. An otherwise innocuous email attachment or Excel file can contain many megabytes of critical information. Laptops offer some security features, but files on laptops are likely to be easy to access from a mobile phone, tablet or flash drive. Yet only 26 percent of respondents believed employees understood the importance of protecting regulated data on mobile devices. One consequence of this lack of awareness is that only 22 percent of respondents said employees do not circumvent or disable security features on mobile devices that contain regulated data. Despite the employee-created risk, 67 percent of organizations do not exercise special monitoring procedures of employees who access and use regulated data on mobile devices.