By Alex Braelow
A new study, commissioned by the folks over at NetMotion Software and conducted by Enterprise Mobility Exchange, revealed something that we here at iPass have been keeping tabs on for quite a while. That is, a lack of visibility into mobile devices and networks puts enterprises at risk.
Indeed, their Mobile Security Global Report proffered some rather concerning data. It found that nearly half of mobile workers spend most of their time on non-corporate carrier or public Wi-Fi networks. Additionally, more than a quarter reported using these networks for three quarters of their time.
Granted, on its face, this data doesn’t exactly strike the fear of God into most casual readers. But this is concerning for a number of reasons — primarily, because relying on unsecured Wi-Fi networks can put companies at far greater risk of cyber attacks. Our 2018 Mobile Security Report, for instance, found that 62% of Wi-Fi related security breaches occurred in cafés and coffee shops (i.e., public Wi-Fi).
Furthermore, a majority of enterprises that responded to the Enterprise Mobility Exchange survey did not have the tools necessary to check when devices had connected to unsecured networks. More than half weren’t even sure how to monitor device data traffic, or which servers their employees were connecting to beyond their corporate firewalls.
Here at iPass, providing companies with such tools has been a serious point of emphasis. The iPass Mobility Intelligence Dashboard, for instance, is aimed at solving precisely these sorts of visibility issues.
Without this visibility, or visibility into such things as which devices were connected with corporate VPN, enterprises are essentially working in the dark. As a result, they are far more vulnerable to unknown threats. The study concluded that “It is nearly impossible to measure the potential security incidents without real-time knowledge into how devices are currently being used.”
Dorene Rettas, the managing director for Enterprise Mobility Exchange, had this to say: “Our study showed that it’s impossible to devise effective strategies for mitigating mobile security threats if you don’t know what devices are doing for a large part of the time they’re in use.”
Rettas also noted that the widespread use of third-party networks creates a blind spot that must be addressed in order to make devices truly secure.
To learn more about the Mobile Security Global Report, and all its findings, check it out on the Enterprise Mobility Exchange website.
If you already know that you need help gaining visibility into your business’ device and network connectivity, feel free to contact us for a demo. We’d love to share how we can help.