38 Percent of IT Security Pros Don't Participate in Their Own BYOD Programs

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According to the results of a recent Bitglass survey of 2,242 enterprise employees and mobile security administrators, fully 38 percent of IT security professionals and 57 percent of end users don't participate in their companies' BYOD programs because they don't want enterprise software on their personal devices.

Among employees, 78 percent said they'd be unlikely to participate in a BYOD program if their employer had visibility into their personal applications and/or locations, and 64 percent wouldn't participate in a BYOD program if their employer had the ability to wipe their personal device in order to protect proprietary data if they leave the organization.

Seventy-eight percent of respondents said that while they understand that companies need to protect their own proprietary information, they shouldn't have the ability to wipe personal data from an employee's mobile device -- and 67 percent said they would participate in a BYOD program if their employer couldn't view, alter or delete personal data or applications.

Notably, 28 percent of enterprises are doing nothing at all about mobile security.

"BYOD holds great promise for employee productivity and cost savings, but architectural challenges introduced by the first wave of solutions have inhibited adoption," Bitglass CEO Nat Kausik said in a statement. "Going forward, BYOD programs must comprehensively address privacy concerns while allowing users to maintain control over their personal data."

Similarly, a recent survey of 1,002 U.S. federal employees conducted by Market Cube on behalf of Lookout found that 40 percent of employees at agencies with rules prohibiting personal smartphone use at work said the rules have little to no impact on their behavior.

Fully 85 percent of respondents to the Lookout survey admitted using their personal devices for potentially risky activities like downloading or reading work-related documents or email, sending work documents to personal accounts, and storing work data on personal file-sharing apps.

While 48 percent of respondents said they're not allowed to store work-related information or files on their personal devices, almost 30 percent said they're ignoring that policy and doing so anyway.

And while 18 percent of federal employees have encountered malware on their mobile devices (both personal and government-issued), fully 49 percent still don't have a security solution installed on those devices.

"Employees increasingly expect to use their mobile devices in all aspects of their lives, and many organizations are struggling with how to balance that expectation with the need to secure sensitive data," the Lookout report states.

Recent eSecurity Planet articles have examined 10 key mobile security threats, and the security strengths and weaknesses of iOS vs. Android.