NYU-Poly Study Highlights Disconnect Between BYOD and Mobile Protection

A recent study by AT&T and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) has discovered that while a majority of small businesses allow the use of mobile devices (phones and tablets), very few of them are taking any proactive measures when it comes to device security.

The study focused on 623 small business owners and employees who responded to an online survey in September. According to the results, 90% of the respondents allow employee access to company email via mobile devices, and 41% allow access to company data (files). Moreover, 83% of them allow personal devices to be used for work.

However, only 65% expressed concern when it came to information and data security of wireless devices, and less than 29% of the respondents confirmed that AV was being used on smartphones in the office. In addition, while 82% of the respondents have taken steps to protect laptops, only 32% are protecting smartphones (AV, and other MDM protection), and only 39% are protecting tablets. Of the majority not taking steps to protect these mobile devices, fewer than half (42%) have plans to increase security.

"There is a troubling disconnect between business owners who want to keep data safe and the necessary steps to protect it," said Ed Amoroso, Chief Security Officer, AT&T. 

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