AVG (AU/NZ) warns of potential threats, within companies and organisations, due to the increase of staff bringing their own devices to use for work. These unprotected personal devices can expose businesses to malware attacked and other cyber crime creating business security risks.
“With tablet PCs and smartphones now starting to populate SMB offices and operations, we need to question whether workers are now replacing management and IT managers as the true IT decision makers,” says Lloyd Borret, Security Evangelist at AVG (AU/NZ)
Many of these personal devices range from iPads, BlackBerry Playbooks and all Android-powered mobile devices.
AVG (AU/NZ) recommends companies to review their procedures in protecting business-critical data and IT management and equipment use. AVG (AU/NZ) explains how only a few companies have policies governing employees’ use of tablets and smartphones to protect business data security.
The threat risks arise from how workers are able to easily bring these personal devices into the workplace and connect to the company’s Wi-Fi network. This provides the worker with Internet access as well as the ability to synchronise with company computers – all done without any additional layer of security solutions or data security.
To prevent and protect malware attacks and cyber crime, AVG (AU/NZ) recommends the AVG Mobilation anti-virus protection security software for Android smartphones and tablets, which help automate the protection of these devices and business data.
AVG (AU/NZ) also suggests the AVG Small Business Security Guide to help small businesses owners with security solutions, as well as AVG’S Business Resource Centre, which provides a library of guides and tools to help protect your business from identity theft, data breaches, online backing break-ins and other computer crimes.