Mobile Device Security Big Concern

Thursday, April 5, 2012 @ 12:04 PM gHale


There are plenty of areas for security professionals to fret over, like the potential for advanced persistent threats, malware, viruses, phishing attacks, but the thing they most worry over is mobile device vulnerabilities. That is because they just have no way to detect them, a new study said.

Nearly 70 percent of respondents said mobile device vulnerability management is “very important” when compared with other security initiatives, according to the study from Tenable Network Security, which polled security professionals at the RSA Conference in San Francisco earlier this month.

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The problem is 68 percent of respondents said they currently have no way of identifying known mobile device vulnerabilities that could affect their networks.

Nearly all of the survey respondents said mobile devices present a security threat to their businesses, yet 67 percent said they either have no controls in place for mobile device usage on their networks, or employees simply ignore existing mobile device usage policies.

All of the respondents expect their businesses to increase their mobile capabilities in 2012, according to the study. Nearly half (44 percent) of respondents said their organizations plan to invest $50,000 to $100,000 in mobile device security during the next 12 to 15 months. Another 33 percent said their organizations will invest $15,000 to $50,000.

According to the study, protecting sensitive customer data is the top goal for security professionals when it comes to mobile device security. Nearly half (46 percent) listed “data leakage” as the top concern when a mobile device is lost, stolen, or hacked.



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