Study Finds Employees Failing to Protect Mobile Devices

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A recent survey of more than 500 employees of North American enterprises has found that 15 percent of respondents feel they have "none to minimal" responsibility to protect corporate data stored on their personal devices, and 10 percent don't have a password, PIN or other security measure enabled on the mobile devices they use for work.

The study, conducted by Osterman Research and sponsored by Centrify, also found that 45 percent of respondents have more than six third-party apps installed on their personal devices.

More than 15 percent of respondents have had their personal account or password compromised, and 43 percent have accessed sensitive corporate data on their personal device while on an unsecured public network.

"The results show that even employees of large multinational corporations, who are consistently warned of the dangers to their data directly from their IT department, are not keeping security top of mind," said Michael Osterman, principal at Osterman Research, said in a statement. "It is clear organizations need to continue to educate employees on the dangers and risks of mobile security but also look to solutions that safeguard the devices and applications which these employees have access to."