BYOD Movement: What's the Security Cost?

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2013-06-11

Mobile devices cause ongoing concern for IT teams responsible for information security, as the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement has dramatically increased the number of expensive security incidents. For one thing, sensitive corporate information can be easily transported and lost. With such issues in mind, security specialist Check Point conducted a global survey of 790 IT professionals in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan to gather data to quantify the impact of mobile devices on corporate information security. Among other topics, participants were asked which of the most common mobile platforms they viewed as being the greatest risk to their corporate security. The question showed a dramatic change from the previous year as Google's Android increased dramatically as the platform perceived to have the greatest security risk (from 30 percent to 49 percent). Apple's iOS remained the same (25 percent), while Windows Mobile and BlackBerry both saw the number of IT professionals who view the respective platforms as the most risky decrease by almost half. The survey also indicated that businesses are dealing with the high financial cost of mobile security incidents. The majority (57 percent) reported that the total costs of their mobile security incidents ranged from $10,000 to more than $500,000 in the past year, including staff time, legal fees, fines and resolution.


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