Insufficient mobile media controls leave 75% of companies vulnerable

Only 46% of companies surveyed by SANS have policies to secure mobile data, while only 30% said they encrypted USBs carrying enterprise data. Furthermore, 75% of companies admitted that they do not have the controls to prohibit unsecure mobile media devices from accessing enterprise data.

These statistics make organisational data vulnerable to attack, since almost two thirds of respondents said they accessed corporate data via a mobile device such as a personal computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet.

When it comes to risks related to remote data access, 16% of companies were concerned about employees accessing data via public Wi-Fi, while 14% believed malware introduced by unmanaged devices was a concern.

Ironically, 84% of respondents indicated that security was high to critical for a mobile workforce.

According to the report, organisations are underestimating the security risks of accessing enterprise applications and data remotely, and appear to be overlooking the threat. “While companies intend to practice good security, there’s a gap in the actual implementation”, the report reveals.

Gartner predicts that by 2017, half of all employers will actually expect employees to use their own devices to access work applications and data. The SANS report suggests that companies need to consider the option of funding personal devices to ensure corporate data on mobile devices is secure.

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