Survey: Personal Privacy, Security Top BYOD Concerns

By Gerard Longo, Assistant Editor — July 18, 2012

Respondents to a recent MokaFive survey indicated that personal privacy and data security are top flaws of current Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs.

"BYOD is one of the most important directions in enterprise IT, with enormous potential benefits in productivity and cost savings,” said Craig Mathias, a principal with the wireless and mobile advisory firm Farpoint Group. “But, as this survey reveals, BYOD isn’t just about securing or even managing mobile devices. There are major requirements in consciousness-raising, policy definition and enforcement, and end-to-end solutions that include not just devices, but the enterprise data they increasingly contain."

The survey was taken by 335 respondents, 88 percent of whom indicated that their respective companies have some form of a BYOD policy in place.

Those numbers were quite a bit - and surprisingly - lower amongst the portion of respondents who are IT professionals. About one-third of IT professionals who participated indicated that their respective companies do not have a BYOD program in place, while approximately 10 percent stated that they were unsure if their companies had a BYOD policy.

Personal Privacy, Security Both Lacking

When asked about current BYOD security approaches, such as mobile device management (MDM), respondents seemed to give anything but glowing reviews. The survey indicated that 77 percent of respondents responded very negatively to the use MDM software on personal devices, with some going so far as to say that their privacy was being "violated" by its use.

Data security could stand to be improved, according to the survey's respondents. Sixty-six percent of respondents indicated that they or their companies use a commercial, non-secure cloud service like Dropbox to store data. Since data stored in commercial clouds is controlled by a third party, that third party has access to it - even if the data is encrypted.

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