Mobile Security Concerns Largely Ignored, Despite Threat
Of those that are using or plan to use mobile security software in the next year, 49 percent are turning to mobile device management software, according to a new study.While 98 percent of IT professionals are concerned with the potential impact on security that mobile devices can have on the workplace, less than half of respondents are using or plan to use mobile device management or antivirus or malware software to secure and protect devices within the next year, according to a Spiceworks survey sponsored by Samsung. The study, which was conducted in September and included approximately 300 respondents from the United States from a variety of industries, found that despite growing security risks, budget constraints and a perceived lack of internal concern have led to slow adoption of formal mobile security policies and technology solutions. Of those that are using or plan to use mobile security software in the next year, 49 percent are turning to mobile device management software and 41 percent are adopting malware and antivirus software specifically designed for mobile offerings. "Your network's security is really only as strong as your weakest link, and mobile is just another potential weak spot that companies and IT pros need to watch and plan for," Peter Tsai, IT content manager for Spiceworks, told eWEEK. "We found that corporate data is on a huge number of mobile devices, especially in the form of email, calendar invites and contacts, which could all contain sensitive information."
Currently, an average of 55 percent of devices in the workplace are company-owned, 35 percent are employee-owned and 10 percent are employee-owned but company-subsidized, and many IT professionals expect that to shift over the next three years.