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BT survey reveals BYOD risks

74% of 2,000 IT decision makers polled said security is the biggest challenge

BT survey reveals BYOD risks
A BT survey has revealed the worries that BYOD causes for IT decision makers.

A BT survey of more than 2,000 users and IT decision makers across 11 countries has revealed that risks to business are moving too fast for a purely reactive security approach to be successful.

According to the BT "Rethink the Risk" report, the traditional secure outer perimeter of enterprise networks no longer exists, meaning that specific tools are required to measure, understand and address this new security reality.

According to the research, cyber security threats, accidental or intentional employee data loss and increasing use of personal devices on employer's networks are the three biggest security risks perceived by IT decision-makers.

In particular, BYOD is making progress within the corporate environment, with 60% of employees using personal devices for work, with especially high usage in countries such as China and India (92% and 80%)

The research also showed that 82% of companies say they already allow BYOD or will do within the next 24 months. The adoption of BYOD brings to light new security issues. Four out of ten companies have experienced security breaches due to people bringing in unauthorised devices. Of those companies that do have a BYOD policy, security was by far the biggest challenge at 74%.

The board and senior management are the second largest group of people demanding BYOD, just behind IT people and power users.

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