A new report concludes that workers who use their own mobile devices on the job are fearful that their employers will access their personal information.
Commissioned by Aruba Networks Inc., the study of more than 3,000 employees around the world finds that almost half (45 percent) of European respondents, 40 percent of Middle Eastern respondents and 66 percent of American respondents fear the loss of personal data.
Another 34 percent of Europeans, 35 percent of Middle Easterners and more than half (51 percent) of Americans claim that their IT departments take no steps to ensure the security of corporate files and applications on their personal devices, according to Aruba Networks.
At the same time, 17 percent of American employees and one in six European employees say that they haven't told their companies that they use their personal mobile devices for work.
Perhaps more troublesome is the finding that 11 percent of American workers and 13 percent of European workers say they would not tell their employers that their personal devices have been compromised, even if company data has been leaked.
"The research from both sides of the Atlantic shows that employees and IT departments are gambling with data security, but chance isn't the only factor," said Ben Gibson, chief marketing officer of Aruba Networks, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based provider of network-access systems for mobile technology.
"In short, employees resent the power their employers now wield over their personal data, but are equally unconcerned about keeping company data safe."
Employees' mistrust of corporate IT departments is fueling the problem, the report says.
"We are now well-beyond the point of discussing 'bring your own device' as something on the horizon," Gibson said.
"It is a reality across the world and businesses need to adopt solutions that give their employees greater privacy for their personal data as well as exert greater network controls to ensure that sensitive information is not leaked, without disrupting the user experience."