Kensington Survey Data Reveals that 73% of Organizations Say BYOD Creates Greater Security Risks

Kensington, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple.™ computing accessories, has announced findings from a North American survey on the security risks created by bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies in the enterprise. Findings show 73 percent say that BYOD creates greater security risks for their organization, yet 59 percent still approve the use of personal devices for business usage.

According to a global forecast conducted by MarketsandMarkets, a leading research and consulting firm, the BYOD market will nearly quadruple in size over the next four years. Currently valued at $72 billion, MarketsandMarkets expects annual growth of 26.6 percent for a projected value of $284 billion by 2019.

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The survey – summarized in a new infographic at kensington.com – found that across multiple B2B vertical industries, including Education, Healthcare, Financial Services, Retail, and Manufacturing, CEOs, CIOs, CSO, and IT professionals are significantly concerned with how BYOD is affecting the security of their enterprise environments. To address these concerns, a number of physical security measures are being leveraged with varying adoption rates. As many as 55 percent report that they are considering further investments in this area of security.

Among the physical security measures being used, the simplicity of using device locking mechanisms is among the most cost-effective and reliable solutions an organization can put in place.

Physical security measures in use by survey respondents included:

– Training and guidelines
– Anti-malware and encryption
– Compliance and governance policies
– Data loss prevention and authentication solutions

“With the rapid rise in the use of BYOD mobile devices and laptops, organizations need to consider protecting their employees’ devices with physical security locks that dampen the risk of theft and, by extension, help avoid putting critical business and personal data into the wrong hands,” said Judy Barker, Global Product Marketing Manager, Kensington. “By employing simple and secure device locking products, organizations can safeguard their data and mobile assets with an added layer of protection”

Kensington invented the first lock more than 20 years ago and consistently introduces new, innovative products and solutions designed to protect organizations’ most vital assets, i.e. computing devices and confidential data. Kensington’s patented slot designs are integrated into over 20 million leading computing devices including Dell®, HP® and Lenovo® for an additional layer of physical security for enterprises worldwide. Kensington’s family of physical security accessories, including ClickSafe®, MicroSaver®, SecureBack™, Desktop and Peripherals locking kit, and the industry standard Kensington Security Slot™ is designed to address the escalating demand for protection against loss of devices and data.

Kensington’s Master Key Solutions remove the worry of financial data loss by ensuring a more secure office environment to minimize risk and maximize profit. Master Access Solutions offer more control over equipment while safeguarding employees from laptop and data theft. Individuals are allowed access to their own devices, while the IT manager has control of all of the equipment and data.

To view detailed results of the Kensington Survey, please visit:
#OneLessWorry and www.kensington.com/Security

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About Kensington

kensingtonKensington, a leader in smart. safe. simple.™ computing accessories is the recognized industry standard trusted by enterprises around the world. Kensington’s mobile security product offerings include laptop and mobile security locks providing a new generation of front-line protection for mobile devices. In addition, Kensington offers accessories including power adapters, chargers, mice, keyboards, trackballs, universal docking stations, desktop accessories, carrying cases and iPad/iPhone/iPod accessories. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Kensington is the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), a world leader in branded office products, with products marketed in more than 100 countries across the globe. For more information, visit http://www.kensington.com or call Kensington toll-free at 1-800-235-6708.