71 out of every 100 Businesses Admit Mobile Devices Have Increased Security Incidents

71 out of every 100 Businesses Admit Mobile Devices Have Increased Security Incidents

Check Point(R) Software Technologies Ltd., a leading global internet security company, has revealed the results of its new report.

According to the report, in the past two years, the number of personal mobile devices connecting to the corporate network has more than doubled -- Out of these, nearly half of devices storing sensitive data.

Below are the key findings of the Report, titled ‘The Impact of Mobile Devices on Information Security’

1) 71 percent of businesses believe mobile devices have caused an increase in security incidents, citing significant concerns about the loss and privacy of sensitive information stored on employee devices, including corporate email (79%), customer data (47%) and network login credentials (38%). And Smartphones and tablet PCs continue to proliferate in corporate environments.

2) The proliferation of smartphones and tablet PCs resulted in significant business benefits such as increased work efficiency and easy access to resources. In addition, the consumerization of IT is one of the chief concerns for CIOs (Chief Information Officers). On the flipside, the security concerns have resulted in more work for IT Administrators. And the pace, with which the devices are proliferating, overwhelms the IT departments. A trend which is likely to continue to rise in 2012.

3) Rise in Mobile Devices Connecting to the Corporate Network -- Approximately 94 percent of businesses surveyed have an increased number of personal mobile devices connecting to the corporate network,
with 78% of respondents seeing the number of devices more than double in the last two years.

4) Most Common Mobile Devices and their Security Risks -- Apple (30%) and BlackBerry (29%) were the most common types of mobile devices connecting to corporate networks, followed by Android (21%). Nearly half of respondents (43%) also believe Android devices pose a larger security risk to the mobile enterprise.

5) Employee Behavior Impacts Security of Mobile Data -- The majority of businesses believe the lack of security awareness among employees as the greatest factor impacting mobile data -- followed by mobile web
browsing (61%), insecure Wi-Fi connectivity (59%), lost or stolen devices (58%) and malicious mobile application downloads (57%).

6) Correlation between Rise in Mobile Devices and Security Incidents -- Approximately 71% of businesses believe smartphones and tablet PCs have contributed to an increase in the number of security events in
their organizations within the past two years.

7) Many Mobile Devices Store Sensitive Customer and Business Data -- Personal and corporate owned devices often store and access a variety of sensitive information including email (79%), customer data (47%) and login credentials (38%) for internal databases or business applications. --------

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