A recent survey conducted by software security firm Trustlook Inc. found that 70% of respondents used a personal electronic device (e.g., smart phone, tablet, laptop) to access company systems. However, only 39% of these businesses had a formal ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) policy, and less than half of those surveyed had received any instructions—security-focused or otherwise—regarding the use of a personal device.
These figures are particularly frightening in light of a recent report from Kaspersky Lab which found that half of the world’s mobile devices lack adequate protection from cybercrime and malicious threats like mobile malware.
As a result of inadequate information technology (IT) and cybersecurity staffing, 64% of small businesses were unaware if a successful cyber-attack had even taken place. Not to mention what data had been taken.