BYOD, employee data loss perceived as biggest enterprise security threats: survey

A survey from BT Global Services has indicated that BYOD, cybersecurity threats and accidental or planned employee data loss are the largest concerns facing today’s enterprise security landscape.

The survey covered more than 2,000 users across 11 countries on the risks affecting businesses today.

Across all 11 countries, findings from the BT study revealed that:
  • The biggest security risks perceived by IT decision-makers are cybersecurity threats (68%), accidental or intentional employee data loss (68%) and increasing use of personal devices on employers networks (61%).
  • BYOD as a trend in particular is making progress within the corporate environment, with 82 per cent of companies say they already allow BYOD or will do within the next 24 months, and with 60 per cent of employees already using personal devices for work. 
  • The adoption of BYOD brings to light new security issues, as 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 (74 per cent).
For Singapore, findings from the BT “Rethink the Risk” study revealed that:
  • In terms of employees using personal devices for work, at 62 per cent, Singapore is ahead of the overall average (60%).  However, 80% of IT decision-makers surveyed felt that not all employees recognise the risk to company security that using a personal device in a work context could represent.
  • When asked about the effect of providing security infrastructure to support a BYOD policy, IT decision-makers of companies that have such policies agreed that it has increased complexity (76%), increased cost (81%), changed the way projects are prioritised (76%), affected resource allocation and compromised resilience (62%).
  • 49% of IT decision-makers surveyed agreed that they perceive a BYOD policy to impact/threaten their business’ compliance or auditing obligations, while 58% indicated that they have experienced security breaches due to people bringing in unauthorised devices.
  • In terms of preparedness for security breaches, only 27% of IT decision-makers surveyed indicated that they can detect if someone is using an unauthorised device on their system.  This is below the overall average of 42%.