Typical BYOD device a walking security nightmare

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Just as you were getting used to the idea of permitting BYOD comes word that the average smartphone user has over two dozen apps per device, nearly all of which pose security or privacy concerns.

HP recently conducted research on the number of apps that smartphones now typically feature to get a sense of what IT organizations are up against in the BYOD frontier. The results weren't encouraging on a security level.

According to a recent article about the HP research in Network World, "97 percent of apps contained some sort of privacy issues. HP also found that 86 percent of apps lack basic security defenses, and 75 percent fail to properly encrypt data. Assuming similar percentages across the hundreds of thousands of consumer apps in the app stores, it's likely that you have a few security or privacy concerns floating around your smartphone or tablet."

The HP study focused on custom business apps. It found that there were 26 such apps installed on the typical smartphone, and that several apps potentially have access to data that they shouldn't.

The Network World article notes that in the majority of cases security risks from a particular app are not intentional, but are instead due to coding shortcuts. That may be fine in the consumer market, but it doesn't ease fears over BYOD risks. "In most cases, the line between business and personal use is not clearly defined, and apps can easily blur that line and put both company and personal data at risk," the article notes.

For more:
- read the Network World article

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