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

 

11/11/2014

Industry Study Finds that 55% of Enterprises Plan to Implement Physical Security Locks for Laptops, Notebooks and Mobile Devices in 2015

Kensington, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, today 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 represents greater security risks for their organization, and yet 59 percent still approve the use of personal devices for business usage.

 

According to MarketsandMarkets, a leading research and consulting firm, has completed a new global market forecast for BYOD and enterprise mobility. The firm projects the BYOD market to 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 20191.

 

The survey – summarized in a new infographic at Kensington.com which was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2014, 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 impacting the security of their enterprise environments. To address these concerns a number of physical security measures are being leveraged with varying adoption and as many as 55 percent report that they are considering further investments in this security area.

 

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:

 

  • 64 percent use employee training and guidelines
  • 61 percent use anti-malware and encryption
  • 55 percent have employed compliance and governance policies
  • 48 percent use 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 to protect them from the risk of theft and 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 — 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.

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About Kensington

Kensingtonis a leading provider of desktop and mobile device accessories, trusted by IT, educators, business and home office professionals around the world for more than 35 years. Kensington products empower people to dynamically interact with content, creating a better working experience for productive performance. In both office and mobile environments, Kensington’s extensive portfolio of award-winning products provides trusted security, desktop productivity innovations, and ergonomic well-being. Our core competencies in engineering, industrial design, product quality and responsive customer support make Kensington The Professionals’ Choice.

 

Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Kensington operates as the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), one of the world’s largest designers, marketers and manufacturers of branded business, academic and consumer products, sold in more than 100 countries across the globe.

 

Kensington is the inventor and worldwide leader in laptop security locks, the acknowledged leader of Trackball innovation and offers a broad range of premium-branded desktop productivity solutions.