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Data apps ‘represent BYOD security risk’

Employees using dating apps may represent a security risk for companies with a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy.

This is according to new research from IBM, which analysed 41 of these apps and found 26 had medium or high severity vulnerabilities. Furthermore, 50 per cent of BOYD devices in the companies surveyed were revealed to have dating apps installed.

“The trouble with BYOD is that, if not managed properly, the organisations might be leaking sensitive corporate data via employee-owned devices,” IBM stated.

The organisation said a compromised app could allow hackers to send phishing messages in order to access sensitive data or install malicious software.

IBM did not name the dating apps in question, but revealed it has contacted the related publishers to make them aware of the vulnerabilities.

According to a recent report from Tech Pro Research, enterprise adoption of BYOD has hit 74 per cent, meaning it is vital businesses ensure their data is protected from this threat.

From:: http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/company/press-room/data-recovery-news/data-apps-represent-byod-security-risk924.aspx

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