“For three in four IT security professionals, bring your own device (BYOD) is one of the ‘greatest inhibitors to effective cloud security’.” At least, according to Cloud Tech’s James Bourne, in reviewing a recent report from AccelOps that talked to 176 IT security personnel. The results of the report put BYOD ahead of data control and data loss – traditional topics for cloud security worriers – as the main security threat.
“Other cloud security pain points according to the research included enforcing security policies, compliance reporting and employee training; yet given data breaches and data loss were the top two security threats released by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) last month, this may be something of a surprise.”
The core issue is that cloud and BYOD are linked, as I covered in this Weekly Update. Most devices leverage cloud-based back-ends, and thus the security domain extends from the device to all of the back-end servers (clouds). That means the security domains become more complex and therefore costly to secure and operate.
That said, there is little choice for most businesses. Mobile devices are here to stay, and people are more productive leveraging their personal devices for work. The security issues are indeed complex, but they are not insurmountable. It might be time to review some of the new technology out on the market today that is specifically built for BYOD.