The bring-your-own-device trend has brought some positive perks to the global workplace, but like many tech trends, BYOD has also created security headaches for IT managers and CIOs in countries around the world.

Without proper guidelines and policies in place, many employees unknowingly expose businesses to a range of security risks when they connect to mission-critical information via mobile devices. Even more problematic, a recent study documented the extent to which employees "unnecessarily access potentially sensitive data and resources."

The study, titled "Privilege Gone Wild," highlighted some key findings that pose an IT nightmare to organizations. More than three-quarters of companies surveyed believed the risks would only increase over the next few years.

  • Approximately 44 percent of employees had access rights to data that is not required for their position
  • Eighty percent of those surveyed believed it was somewhat likely that employees access sensitive information simply due to curiosity
  • Fifty-four percent of those at entities with established privilege-access controls said such security measures could be easily bypassed, illustrating the unreliability of current BYOD solutions

More importantly, the survey shows that having company-wide policies in place to safeguard against BYOD security risks is not enough. Mobile device management solutions offered by unified endpoint management providers not only add layers to existing protections but also provide businesses with control and insight into who is accessing what. As the BYOD trend continues to grow, so will associated security risks, requiring organizations to adopt reliable and effective solutions to protect information at all endpoints.