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Survey: Companies Are Planning To Replace BYOD Security Solutions

The majority of respondents have indicated that their companies support BYOD but are concerned about privacy, according to a survey by Zix Corporation and Ponemon Institute.

The majority of IT and IT specialists say that their companies support BYOD, but they have also indicated that the companies do not use tools or policies to protect corporate data, according to the “BYOD Security: A Fresh Perspective” survey by Zix Corporation, an email encryption provider based in Dallas, Texas, and Ponemon Institute , a privacy, data protection and information security consultancy firm.

About 56% of respondents say their companies are looking to replace current BYOD security solutions. While 46%, out of the 60% who indicated that their companies support BYOD, say that their companies do not use tool or policies to protect corporate data. Additionally, 60% of respondents say employees are concerned about privacy and personal data retention.

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“Companies are swiftly adopting BYOD to enable work productivity and create efficiencies but are hitting significant road bumps in cost, security and employee concerns,” says Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of Ponemon Institute. “The evolution of BYOD solutions to overcome these challenges is necessary for full adoption across companies and among entire employee base.”

The survey also shows that 37% of companies only use mobile device password policies. Over 40% of respondents have indicated that their companies have limited BYOD deployment. Reasons include employee resistance to loading security tools on personal devices and inadequate security tools, 35% and 28% respectively.

“As excited as the market is to take advantage of BYOD, it’s clear that there’s a hunger for better solutions,” says Rick Spurr, chairman and CEO of Zix Corporation. “Understanding the current state of BYOD and companies’ goals and concerns will enable the market to develop innovative answers that advance BYOD to its full potential.”

About 895 IT and IT security specialists where surveyed by the Ponemon Institute, based in Traverse City, Miss.

Zarna Patel is a staff writer for InformationWeek's Financial Services brands, which include Bank Systems & Technology, Insurance & Technology and Wall Street & Technology. She received her B.A. in English and journalism from Rutgers University College of Arts and Sciences in ... View Full Bio

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Byurcan
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Byurcan,
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11/21/2013 | 1:23:05 PM
re: Survey: Companies Are Planning To Replace BYOD Security Solutions
Interesting information, thanks for sharing.
Greg MacSweeney
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Greg MacSweeney,
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11/21/2013 | 11:13:31 AM
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Wow. The number of companies saying they do not have tools or policies to protect corporate data seems really high. The same goes with the low number of companies who require passwords. I imagine if this was broken out by industry, the numbers might swing wildly. I imagine almost all FS companies have some sort of BYOD data protections in place.
carlblackett
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carlblackett,
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11/21/2013 | 9:48:00 AM
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Interesting stats, I have a slightly different take on BYOD and how to allow its use... The concept of securing what is important and treating your entire network as hostile facilitates this easier... for further reading... http://letstalk.globalservices...
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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11/19/2013 | 7:45:06 PM
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Same here, I can't stand entering that passcode every time I need to check my phone or make a call. Though I have to wonder why that option isn't more popular, or why 35% of employees are reluctant to download security tools.
Zarna Patel
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Zarna Patel,
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11/19/2013 | 4:42:07 PM
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Good POV, I didn't even take that into consideration. BYOD is still fairly new although some people probably have been using their personal devices for work since mobile devices came out.
Zarna Patel
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Zarna Patel,
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11/19/2013 | 4:38:16 PM
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LOL that's so true. I thought that number was kind of funny as well, but if every single important application on your phone requires you to put in a password before accessing data, maybe that initial password to unlock the phone is unnecessary? Also, I hate those five seconds it takes to unlock the device just to make a call.
Nathan Golia
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11/19/2013 | 4:32:31 PM
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Not surprising. The first wave of any kind of technology is far from optimized. The speed of change in device capabilities is logically going to necessitate regular refreshes of mobile security technology
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Byurcan,
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11/19/2013 | 3:59:37 PM
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The 37% who use mobile password devices also seems really low, that seems like the most basic thing you could do. I imagine this number will be much higher if this survey is done again in one year.
Zarna Patel
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Zarna Patel,
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11/18/2013 | 7:53:49 PM
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I remember writing something up about BYOD policies: http://www.insurancetech.com/m...

It's up to the customer to make sure privacy is in the policy.
Byurcan
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Byurcan,
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11/18/2013 | 5:08:44 PM
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Surprised that such a high percentage don't have policies and/or tools around protecting corporate data on personal devices.
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