'Unsafe to conduct professional work on personal devices' [Pune] [Times of India]
(Times of India Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) PUNE: With proliferation of smartphones and digital devices the preference for using them for professional work has caught momentum with the youth, but information security experts say such uses are still fraught with data risk.
Studies have found that the youth, especially those in information technology services, has been showing scant respect t to security guidelines set up by their employers, taking more risk online for the sake of personal benefits. Studies also suggest that, contrary to common belief that porn sites are the entry points for malware; advertisements are more likely to deliver malicious content.
Findings in the Annual Security Report and Connected World Technology Report recently released by networking major Cisco suggest that mobile devices in the hands of young workers, who often do not know or acknowledge IT restrictions, may pose an increased security risk for businesses.
"The so called Generation Y takes more risk online for the sake of personal benefits, affecting businesses more and more as workers continue blending work and personal lifestyles throughout their waking hours," the report says. Four out of five of them say they are aware of their employer's IT's policies, but do not obey them.
The reports say by 2020, with internet open to an estimated 50 billion things, the number of connections will balloon to gigantic proportion.
As more people, things and devices connect to the net, more data from more places will be introduced across corporate and service provider networks, which open up new vulnerabilities and a need for more sophisticated security approaches.
While this is so, not all enterprises are doing enough to secure their networks, leaving the possibility of serious data leakages. Kaspersky Lab, in association with market research specialists B2B International, conducted a survey which revealed that 34% of the respondents said their companies did not use dedicated Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions.
"If a company does not regulate the use of personal smartphones and tablet PCs accessing the corporate IT infrastructure, it's only a matter of time before confidential information starts to leak out of the system. A breach could be caused by a malware infection or an employee losing a device," the survey stressed.
Mahesh Gupta, vice-president (Borderless Networks), Cisco India and SAARC, said cybercriminals have evolved steadily over the last few years and are increasingly exploiting systems for financial gains. Changed methods, lack of live intelligence and global knowledge to prevent them have made system exploits even harder to detect and mitigate.
Kailas Katkar, managing director and chief executive of anti-virus software developer Quick Heal, said the trend of employees using personal digital devices for professional use is irreversible. "Employers should ensure that the devices which the employees use are armed with an efficient protective system and it is used in an optimum manner," he said.
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