Survey: Over half of UK corporate networks breached because of BYOD

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Just over half of secure IT networks in the United Kingdom were breached last year as a result of employees using personal devices at work, according to a survey of 500 U.K. chief information officers by Virgin Media Business.

Virgin is warning that the security risks from BYOD will grow this year, as tablets received as Christmas gifts are brought into the workplace.

According to predictions by the U.K. retail industry, a tablet was sold every second in the period running up to Christmas (up 112 per cent from 2011). Virgin cautioned that without clear BYOD policies in place, businesses are likely to face even more security threats, as people use insecure devices on secure networks.

"With sales of tablets expected to have gone through the roof over Christmas, it looks like personal devices in the workplace are here to stay. But with just a fifth of large firms having a BYOD policy, businesses will continue to experience security breaches until connectivity, security and user policies are put in place," said Tony Grace, chief operating office at Virgin Media Business.

Another survey carried out by Vanson Bourne on behalf of Virgin found that nearly 20 percent of CIOs were considering purchasing Windows 8 to help them better handle a remote workforce. Around 41 percent of the 500 CIOs surveyed said that they were looking at how well the software performed with a more mobile team of employees before making the decision to purchase the operating system.

"Software is just one piece to the puzzle. CIOs will be looking for a blend of the right software and the right infrastructure that releases them from the barriers of traditional ways of working and gives them the platform to offer their staff exactly what they need. It's up to technology vendors to identify these trends early on and develop solutions that can truly help the CIOs to do great things," Grace concluded.

For more:
- see the Virgin Media Business releases on BYOD security and Windows 8

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