Inadequate Mobile Security Awareness Rampant Among Firms

Michelle Remo, “Big 4″ observer
October 24, 2011 /

Mobile security of companies remains prone to internal risks coming from their employees despite efforts exerted by organizations to keep their computer networks protected from external security threats, according to a recent Deloitte poll which surveyed nearly 1,200 information technology and business executives across the United States.

According to the survey, 40 percent of respondents are unaware if their organization has strategies, policies, procedures or technology controls in place to effectively enforce mobile security. Without an awareness of these policies, employees may be hard-pressed to comply with them.

Additionally, 28.4 percent of survey respondents believe there are unauthorized PDAs, tablets, or a combination of both connecting to their enterprise intranet, and particularly their e-mail servers. Unauthorized devices represent a significant security threat to organizations well beyond just the threat to the computing infrastructure itself.

“Devices like tablets, PDAs and smartphones have become ubiquitous over the past few years as people increasingly purchase them as tools to enhance their productivity at work and at home,” said JR Regan, principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP and innovation leader to Deloitte’s federal practice.

“Despite the benefit of these new devices, they also present increased security threats for organizations which now must be wary of security threats originating from new channels,” Regan added.

Even with a general unfamiliarity around mobile security policies and precautions in their organization, the overwhelming majority of respondents are concerned about one or more organizational security risks.

Nearly 87 percent of respondents feel their company is at risk for a cyber attack originating from a mobile security lapse. Additionally, 41 percent of respondents feel that their organization is at risk in each of the following areas: operational risks, technological risks, infrastructure and device risks and legal and regulatory risks.

The poll was conducted during Deloitte’s Dbriefs Technology Executive series: “Securing Enterprise Social Media and Mobility Apps.”


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