Consultancy firm Ernst & Young have warned that employees bringing newly acquired smartphones and tablets into the office could be a 'New Year's gift' for hackers.
In the post-Christmas period companies with networks that are poorly protected, and those lacking adequate security policies on employee-owned devices, could be at risk of attacks targeting employees' devices.
Director of cyber crime investigation at EY, Massimo Cotrozzi said: "We are already seeing issues with companies leaving themselves exposed to this phenomenon.
"The new devices that employees bring into the office could be connecting via the corporate wireless networks to external cloud systems which, in the best case, have not been appropriately protected, let alone tested."
Cotrozzi believes that many organisations that are unprepared could be caught out by hackers getting in through unsecured employee devices.
According to Jahmel Harris, a consultant at MWR InfoSecurity, the threat is compounded by the fact that new devices are not necessarily running the latest and safest versions of software.
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