Most BYOD firms are clueless about common mobile security threats

While four-fifth of employers allow employees to bring their own devices to work, two-thirds cannot identify common mobile security threats, such as malware infection on devices or installation of unwanted apps.

This was the finding of a survey of 1,007 business decision-makers and 1,005 employees at U.S. and European firms carried out by Harris Interactive on behalf of mobile security firm AdaptiveMobile.

Other common mobile threats that more than two-thirds of firms could not identify include access to inappropriate or harmful sites, spyware or other espionage malware infections, and use of unapproved file transfer sites.

"This suggests that even though companies are putting security solutions in place to protect themselves when employees bring their devices into work, they are not actually addressing many of the threats that are out there," Gareth Maclachlan, co-found and chief commercial officer of AdaptiveMobile, tells FierceMobileIT.

A full 91 percent of businesses believe that they have sufficient controls in place to deal with a mobile security breach and 93 percent believe they can detect and respond to mobile security breaches when they occur.

A full 84 percent of firms believe that their current mobile security solutions offer the protection they will need in the next few years to deal with mobile security threats.

Yet, more than half of them had experienced at least one mobile security breach in the past year and more than one-third had multiple breaches.

"Enterprises, despite their investment in security to date, aren't protected against the majority of security threats that are out there," Gareth Maclachlan, Chief Commercial Officer of AdaptiveMobile, says.

In addition, employees are ill-informed about the visibility that their employers have into their mobile devices. Most employees do not believe that, or are unsure whether, their employer can see what they are doing on their personal devices, yet 89 percent of employers said they have visibility into their employees devices at all times.

A majority of employees said that they would stop using their personal devices if their employer could see what they were doing on their devices, and 67 percent said they would stop using their personal device if their employer could lock or wipe their device.

"Employees are very concerned when they start to realize that their employer might have visibility into their personal use--how many times they are watching Netflix and whether they are playing Angry Birds. There is a potential for a huge backlash against BYOD," Maclachlan warns. 

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