Survey: Business users not concerned about BYOD security

Although maintaining secure protocols when undertaking legacy modernization seems like an obvious measure, one survey from Gartner suggests that a fair amount of employees remain unconcerned about the possibility of a network compromise that might affect BYOD operations.

The survey results, which were announced in a recent press release from the company, demonstrate that even when users are confronted with security problems, they don't always treat them seriously. Around three quarters of the more than 990 respondents apparently didn't report these difficulties to their superiors.

This could be a bad sign: A different survey from Gartner published last year predicted that by 2017, 38 percent of all businesses will require all employees to use their own devices for work.

Is it possible that this BYOD growth will happen without an emphasis on security? If so, the results could be dangerous.

In the more recent release, analyst Meike Escherich discussed how security for a business will depend on proper compliance among employees.

"One of the biggest challenges for IT leaders is making sure that their users fully understand the implications of faulty mobile security practices and to get users and management to adhere to essential steps which secure their mobile device," she said.

An Oracle-sponsored piece for Forbes recently touched upon a potentially powerful principle for promoting secure IT: simplification.

This means, according to the article, such remedies as shorter passwords to allow users a greater ease of access to their devices as well as the same level of protection.

This shows that companies of all sizes have options when it comes to their BYOD strategy and don't have to go with the path of least resistance just because.

This may be a difficult challenge, but IT modernization is necessary so businesses don't hurt themselves with their attempts to make progress.