BYOD Poses Threat to Micro Businesses

A study has revealed micro businesses with fewer than 25 employees have the same rate of mobile device adoption as large enterprises, but lack the security resources to protect users.

According to a Kaspersky Lab survey of 3,900 IT professionals worldwide, more than a third of micro businesses are using mobile devices, compared to 35% for large enterprises.

The problem is that most micro businesses lack the security awareness, technical expertise and budget needed to properly protect mobile devices.

The survey has suggested these limitations may lead to a knowledge gap, even among security-minded business owners.

31% of micro businesses listed securing mobile computing devices as one of their top three IT security priorities for the next 12 months.

Worryingly, only 28% of micro businesses agreed that BYOD introduces an increased IT security risk to their business, compared with 52% of large businesses and 48% of enterprises.

According to the report, it's possible that micro businesses are overlooking employee-owned mobile devices as a security risk, even though they are most likely to opt for BYOD to cut costs.

The report advises a mixture of common sense and says the right technology can go a long way to securing mobile devices. They also suggest that micro businesses should avoid complexity by investing in security software that is appropriate to their needs and sticks to core mobile security features.

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