A new "Global Study on Mobility Risks" reveals that corporate mobile devices and the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon are rapidly circumventing enterprise security and policies. Seventy-seven percent of more than 4,000 respondents in 12 countries agree that the use of mobile devices in the workplace is important to achieving business objectives. But 76 percent also believe that these devices put their organizations at risk—and only 39 percent have the necessary security controls to address the risk.
"IT has spent years working on desktop security and trying to prevent data loss over web and email channels—but mobile devices are radically changing the game," said Tom Clare, senior director of Product Marketing Management. "Tablets and iOS devices are replacing corporate laptops as employees bring-their-own-devices to work and access corporate information. These devices open the door to unprecedented loss of sensitive data. IT needs to be concerned about the data that mobile devices access and not the device itself."
According to a previous Ponemon Institute survey, IT respondents said 63 percent of breaches occurred as a result of mobile devices. And only 28 percent said employee desktop computers were the cause.(i)
Today's research, conducted by the Ponemon Institute© and sponsored by content security provider Websense, Inc.® (NASDAQ: WBSN), is designed to help IT security professionals plan for an increasingly mobile workforce. The research shows that organizations often don't know how and what data is leaving their networks through non-secure mobile devices. Traditional static security solutions such as antivirus (AV), firewalls, and passwords are not effective at stopping advanced malware and data theft threats from malicious or negligent insiders.
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