BYOD is causing network security breaches

Monday 14 January 2013

More than half of all corporate networks have been compromised by bring your own device (BYOD) practices, it has been reported.

Research conducted by Virgin Media Business found that 51 per cent of secure networks were breached during 2012 by employees using mobile devices.

Tony Grace, chief operating officer at the firm, said last year was "clearly a bumpy road" for companies introducing personal devices at work.

"That’s natural enough as no one has so far been able to come up with the magic solution," he stated.

"Chief information officers shouldn’t see this as a burden and in 2013 they can take the lessons learned and turn these personal devices into business enablers to really help drive the bottom line.”

Mr Grace noted that sales of tablet computers went "through the roof" over Christmas, and are very much here to stay in the workplace.

Employees are either using the touch-screen slates, dongles or laptops to access company files, documents and applications on their own devices.

"But with just a fifth of large firms having a BYOD policy, businesses will continue to experience security breaches," he stated.

Mr Grace said it is essential that connectivity, security and user policies are put in place.

Posted by Alex Boardman