Managing mobile devices and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives is a universal challenge for corporate IT administrators, according to a MessageOps and Champion Solutions Group survey of 447 IT decision-makers across a spectrum of industries.
Organizations are nearly evenly split between those that have a formal BYOD policy (47 percent) and those that do not (53 percent).
When it comes to password policies, most organizations favor complex alphanumeric passwords of six to 10 characters.
More than three-quarters (77 percent) of those polled have policies to lock out devices after multiple failed log-in attempts, usually between three and five failed tries.
Around 72 percent of organizations require re-authentication of mobile devices after periods of inactivity, with most opting for lockout after five to 15 minutes.
The vast majority of those polled have provisions in place for expiring passwords and prohibiting the reuse of old passwords.
“Small businesses feel, on one hand, that rolling out a BYOD policy is complicated and the payoff is just not worth it,” Chris Pyle, CEO of Champion Solutions Group and MessageOpstold, told eWEEK. “On the other hand, they also know that it only takes one breach and it could close their business. They realize that the prudent thing to do is to implement a BYOD policy, but finding the time and challenging their employees to adhere to the policy is where they struggle.”