Businesses Lack Protection Against Mobile Data Breaches
Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) reported their organization has experienced a data breach as a result of a mobile security issue, the survey found.The vast majority of businesses are dealing with mobile security issues, but most are unprepared for them, according to a survey of 100 IT leaders by Lookout, a mobile security vendor and research firm IDG. Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) reported their organization has experienced a data breach as a result of a mobile security issue, with 38 percent saying that it was due to software vulnerabilities and 36 percent attributing it to malware. In addition, 82 percent of those surveyed said the majority of their corporate data is accessible to users via mobile devices, and 95 percent believe that data on or accessed by mobile devices brings increased risk of a data breach. "As mobile productivity increases, employees are creating, consuming, sharing and storing more and more corporate data on their smartphones and tablets—everything from email and login credentials to highly sensitive financial reports," Aaron Cockerill, vice president of products at Lookout, told eWEEK. "If your data is mobile, so should be your security—and a key part of that is raising awareness among employees about how their actions could put their organization at risk."
Cockerill said educating employees about mobile security is incredibly important but often overlooked, which explains why many employees--and employers for that matter--have a false sense of security when it comes to mobile devices, and that misunderstanding needs to be cleared up.