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Tripwire has announced the results of a survey of over 270 attendees at Infosecurity Europe 2015 in Olympia, London in the United Kingdom.

According to the survey, 68 percent of respondents believe that business efficiency requirements are forcing their organizations to adopt smart technology in spite of security risks.

Other key findings include:

  • 87 percent of respondents said their organization has a policy which places restrictions on employees connecting smart tools to the corporate network; however 62 percent of respondents admit they’ve already connected personal devices.
  • When purchasing a new smart device, 73 percent of the respondents said their primary concern is functionality, not security.
  • Over a quarter of the respondents (27 percent) already own between five and ten smart devices excluding smart phones and laptops.

“Even though many organizations have policies against connecting personal smart devices to their corporate networks, employees often feel that connecting these devices via USB to charge them isn’t a problem,” said Ken Westin, security analyst for Tripwire. “I’ve heard a number of stories about the security alerts generated when employees plug their smart phones into point-of-sale devices, a practice that can easily introduce additional risk. This is really an education problem – employees need a better understanding of the risks involved and IT teams need to provide reasonable options so employees can remain productive without increasing security risks to the organization.”

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