Mobility is exploding. Workers and businesses fully expect to work anywhere, any time, from any device. Riding right alongside this growth is the amount of data created and consumed on mobile devices. While this presents organizations with an attractive means of empowering flexibility and productivity, the security risks are real and daunting.
Unfortunately, while enterprise mobility management tools can provide valuable administrative capabilities and protect the organization from phone loss, accidental data loss or weak passwords, they lack the necessary visibility into today’s modern security risks, including malware and other device-centric attacks.
An August IDG Research Services survey set out to glean insights into these risks. It was conducted among 100 IT leaders and IT security executives (49 percent of whom were CIOs) from a cross-section of industries including high tech (22 percent), financial services owned personally-enabled (COPE) environment, or a mix of these two common approaches. In addition, 82 percent of respondents report that the majority of their corporate data is accessible to users via mobile devices.
A whopping 95 percent of the IDG respondents say a rise in data on or accessed by mobile devices increases the risk of a security breach. Those with a company size greater than 10,000 employees are more likely to say their organizations are significantly more at risk. The same can be said for those with 100 percent of their data accessible to users via mobile devices. In other words, the greater the volume of employees and access to data, the greater the worry.
Most surprisingly, 74 percent of respondents report their organizations have experienced a data breach as a result of a mobile security issue. These data breaches have been caused by the following:
- Mobile apps containing malware
-Apps that contained security vulnerabilities
- Unsecured Wi-Fi connections
As a result, survey respondents are understandably concerned about apps containing malware (73 percent are extremely/very concerned) and apps that access or transmit sensitive data (66 percent are extremely/very concerned).
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