Despite Hacking Fears, Americans Lack Mobile Security
The majority (69 percent) of Americans think having their personal information stolen in their lifetime is inevitable, according to a Citrix report.Despite recent high-profile data theft attacks, many American workers have not taken action to protect information on their personal and corporate-issued devices, according to a survey of more than 1,000 consumers, commissioned by Citrix. The majority (69 percent) of Americans think having their personal information stolen in their lifetime is inevitable, and 84 percent feel their personal information is more vulnerable now than a year ago. "The most surprising and concerning statistic from the survey has to be that 88 percent of employed Americans do not use work devices with trusted company security software," Kurt Roemer, chief security strategist for Citrix, told eWEEK. "Without trusted company security software, information is naked and exposed—and that includes enterprise information, personal information and customer information. We can also surmise that these work devices are not company-managed, as those devices would have been preconfigured with antimalware suites, personal firewalls, encryption and other enterprise-level security measures." Roemer said if these are unmanaged “bring your own” devices, security has been reduced to the lowest common denominator— the four–digit PIN—to unlock the screen.
"Consumers are bombarded with reports of weekly data breaches, reminders to change passwords often and directives to configure for security. The problem is that mobile security is tough—and even security professionals struggle with keeping mobility secured," Roemer explained. "With so many configuration and policy choices and so much at stake, the industry needs to preconfigure for security and employ services that keep security settings optimal and balanced against user experience."