workstation 336369 1920It is fair to say that digital devices are essential for the day to day operations of a company. With more and more employees working remotely or on the move,personal devices have become the go-to devices for work purposes. Not only does this make complying to GDPR more difficult but it can open security risks for both organisations and their clients.

BYOD (bring your own devices) is something that as many as 4 out of 5 companies allow, and some even allow contractors, partners, customers and suppliers to use their devices to access corporate data.

Cyber security threats to mobile devices has increased in the past 12 months and, according to a BYOD Security Report from Bitglass, less than a third have confidence in their cyber security practises. Data leaks, unauthorised data access and not being able to control uploads and downloads are some of the biggest worries that can occur when employees use personal devices to work from.

To add to these worries, only half of the companies surveyed have the ability to wipe sensitive data from endpoint devices remotely. This could be problematic if organisations need to wipe data in an emergency situation, for example.

Rich Campagna, CMO of Bitglass says: “While most companies believe mobile devices are being targeted more than ever, our findings indicate that many still lack the basic tools needed to secure data in BYOD environments. Enterprises should feel empowered to take advantage of BYOD’s myriad benefits, but must employ comprehensive, real-time security if they want to do so safely and successfully.”

There has never been a more vital time to assess your policy for BOYD and to ensure adequate cyber security protocols are in place. If you would like any assistance or advice on cyber security, give our team a call on 01522 883636.