Security is a top concern for most businesses, however mobile devices are perceived to be a target waiting to be attacked. Lack of security protocols and the fact that mobile devices are being targeted by cybercriminals, makes mobile security a priority for all organizations.
NetEnrich conducted a survey of 150 IT professionals in North America about enterprise mobile security. The key takeaway was that corporate IT continues to struggle with how best to protect their organizations from data breaches, viruses and other cyber-security issues brought on by employees using mobile devices.
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NetEnrich Survey Featured – We’re very pleased to announce that the NetEnrich Survey on Mobile Security has been featured across major technology news websites and blogs. Here’s a list of the publications, and what they wrote about us.
“Most would agree, the massive, global proliferation of mobile devices has created significant challenges for corporate IT security professionals. On the one hand, protecting sensitive corporate data running on mobile devices is paramount to company security. Then again, IT can find itself in hot water with employees, customers and management if mobile device security protocols are found to compromise end-user experience. The issue is muddled further when employees use devices and applications IT has not pre-approved.
Companies must be proactive in engaging employees about mobile security policies. Fifty-four percent of IT pros surveyed by NetEnrich said their biggest challenge when it comes to managing employee use of mobile devices is simply confirming that all employees have received and reviewed their company’s policies. But even that might not be enough. Another 55 percent of respondents said their biggest challenge is convincing employees that following the company’s mobile device protocols is in their best interests.
Corporate IT has been clear that its main priority is ensuring their organizations don’t experience breaches or attacks — 68 percent of respondents to NetEnrich’s survey listed this as the top goal of their enterprise mobility security plan. Job security is also a priority. Sixty percent said their primary goal was ensuring that they were “covered from an accountability perspective” in the event there was a breach or attack. By comparison, 50 percent said their top goal was providing employees a guide for using mobile devices.”
Read full post: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/netenrich-survey-corporate-hounded-mobile-100000462.html
“The NetEnrich report suggests companies become more proactive in engaging employees about mobile security policies, but also found that isn’t always easy. More than half of respondents said their biggest challenge is proving that following the mobile device protocols is in their employees’ best interests.
Earlier this month, a malware report from Nokia found mobile device infections rose 96% in the first half of 2016. Smartphone infections nearly doubled between January and July 2016 compared to the last half of 2015. The malware infection rate hit a record high in April, when one out of every 120 smartphones had some sort of malware infection.”
Read full post: http://www.ciodive.com/news/lacking-mobile-device-security-causing-companies-to-lose-key-corporate-dat/426136/
“Why the bad behavior when it comes to mobile security? According to the survey, even more respondents (55 percent) said “their biggest challenge is convincing employees that following the company’s mobile device protocols is in their best interests.”
“The reality is, enterprise mobile security is a moving target, for which companies and IT professionals must be adjusting constantly,” Chekuri said in a statement. “A policy that works today may not work next year—let alone two to three years from now.”
Read full post: http://www.networkworld.com/article/3118219/security/enterprises-hope-their-mobile-users-pay-attention-to-security.html#tk.twt_nww
Apps Tech News
“Four in 10 companies have suffered a loss of key corporate data from a mobile device, according to new research from industrial IT services provider NetEnrich.
For more than two thirds of respondents (68%), their primary enterprise mobility security goal is to ensure their organizations aren’t breached. Yet if 42% have been whacked, then there are further issues afoot. The biggest cause of data loss, according to those polled, was malware apps (45%), followed by an unsecure public cloud (44%), and employees cutting and pasting data to unsecured locations (42%). Also frequently cited, by 41% of respondents, were devices running out of date operating systems with known security holes. The penalties can be severe – 41% said they have lost up to $100,000 over the past three years due to a mobile breach.
The report also examines the measures companies have taken to remediate their security policies. More than three quarters (78%) say they use multi-factor authentication for access to sensitive apps, while 75% have deployed threat assessment to understand their security risks. More than half (52%) say they have gotten outside help by outsourcing at least some of their mobile security, with a similar number (47%) saying the external provider helped them formulate a security policy.”
Read full post: http://www.appstechnews.com/news/2016/sep/14/four-10-firms-admit-suffering-crucial-data-loss-mobile-device/
“In the BYOD era mobile devices are becoming an increasing presence in the workplace.
Bringing your own device is advantageous in a business sense. Employers and employees can stay constantly connected, and can produce work from anywhere in the world (within reason). The ability to be always on, although perhaps not desirable, is vital in improving business operational efficiency.
On the other hand, the massive, global proliferation of mobile devices has created significant challenges for corporate IT security professionals.
BYOD is not going away, it is a product of the time, but it is has created challenges for IT that must be overcome, or otherwise business will suffer.”
Read full post: http://www.information-age.com/mobile-devices-hindering-it-departments-123462271/
Bank Info Security
“Often IT shops or security managers will address or secure the apps on a phone and protect the operating system from potential threats,” Franklin said. “But there is a much wider range of threats that need to be addressed. For example, enterprise security teams often don’t focus on the cellular radios in smartphones, which, if not secured, can allow someone to eavesdrop on your CEO’s calls.”
The NIST report comes as companies struggle to secure their mobile systems, according to new research from cloud and IT management services provider NetEnrich. More than 40 percent of the 150 North American IT professionals NetEnrich surveyed said their organizations suffered the loss of key corporate data from mobile devices.”
Read full post: http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/broadening-scope-mobile-security-a-9417