Mobile security is a growing concern for businesses in 2017
With the growing frequency of headline-grabbing, mobile-related data breach incidents in 2016, it’s unsurprising to hear that those tasked with ensuring enterprise mobile security, CIOs and other senior IT decision-makers, would remain as concerned about mobile security threats as they were in 2016. In fact, they appear to be more concerned.
And with good cause. No less an authority than Harvard Business Review recently reported that three-quarters of people admitted to connecting to their personal email on public Wi-Fi. Citing findings in privatewifi.com, the article underscores the constant need to stay secure, even “in today’s busy world, [where] convenience seems to outweigh consequence, especially with how people use their mobile devices.”
But the prevalent use of public Wi-Fi hotspots is only one example of a compromised security landscape that enterprise IT must now confront. The question is, have they gotten the message?
And the response comes in the iPass Mobile Security Report 2017. A survey of 500 CIOs and other senior IT decision-makers from the U.S., U.K., Germany and France, the iPass Mobile Security Report 2017 examines the challenges organizations face negotiating the trade-off between enforcing security policies and enabling a mobile workforce. The report’s top-line findings include the following:
- C-suite occupants, including CEOs, are at the greatest risk of being hacked.
- Coffee shops are seen as the most dangerous public Wi-Fi venue.
- Man-in-the-middle attacks are seen as the greatest mobile security threat.
- Worryingly, U.K. organizations evince the least concern for mobile security threats and public Wi-Fi risks by far.
- On the other hand, U.S. organizations are the most concerned; yet they continue to permit public Wi-Fi use and promote MiFi use.
What’s in this paper:
- Mobile security is a growing concern for businesses in 2017
- Beware of the coffee shop
- Man-in-the-middle attacks pose greatest threat
- CEOs are the greatest threat to the enterprise
- Businesses opt to ban public Wi-Fi
- MiFi lives on despite security concerns