Bring your own device trend spooks enterprise security folks

Summary:Fifty-eight percent of information technology security and audit pros view employee-owned mobile devices as a security risk to the enterprise, according to a survey.

Fifty-eight percent of information technology security and audit pros view employee-owned mobile devices as a security risk to the enterprise, according to a survey.

The ISACA, a security industry group, surveyed 2,765 IT leaders around the world. Of that group, 712 were based in the U.S.

Bring your own device (BYOD) is a key item in the consumerization movement, which dictates that employees will increasingly use their own gear and expect that business software will operate more like consumer tools such as Google and Facebook.

Obviously, security pros aren't on the bandwagon yet. The breakdown goes like this:

  • 58 percent view employee owned devices as an enterprise security risk;
  • 33 percent say work-supplied devices are a security threat.
  • Nevertheless, 27 percent of security pros argue that the benefits of BYOD outweigh the threats.

In a nutshell, the ISACA is arguing that BYOD can bring innovations to the enterprise and cut costs, but there is a risk.

Topics: Security

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