According to a survey released in July 2013 by Acronis, 58 percent of enterprises did not have proper polices in place to manage employee-owned mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, and personal computers. The study, conducted by Ponemon Institute, surveyed more than 4,000 IT professionals across China, Japan, the U.K., France, Germany, the U.S., Australia and Brazil.
The situation in India, however, is more critical. With small and medium businesses occupying the major chunk of the domestic business world, one cannot ignore the methodologies, if any, adopted by the SMBs regarding BYOD. A recent survey conducted by ISACA on proliferation of the BYOD culture at the Indian workplace showed that, a majority of security incidents arise from employees using IT assets, both personal and company owned devices. Each industry has its own set of BYOD related security issues. While the BFSI and IT/ITES sectors are worried about client privacy, other sectors are concerned about protection of their proprietary data. Issues like data theft, network breaches and financial damages top the list of all security providers, who are constantly trying to find solutions to mitigate risks.
Hence it is imperative for businesses, irrespective of their sizes, to formulate a strict but employee friendly BYOD policy, which can bring down the incidences of security breaches. Password protection, usage tracking and limiting the number of applications are some of the necessary steps the organizations need to take to combat BYOD risks.