Enterprise mobility security risks stress out most IT pros
Enterprise mobility continues to pose security challenges for IT professionals, with 77 percent of 1,622 IT pros surveyed (.pdf) by Dimension Data citing security as a major headache when it comes to mobility.
More disturbing, 90 percent of respondents said that they did not have the capabilities to stop employees from using their personal mobile devices to access enterprise systems on their own. In addition, only 32 percent of respondents have conducted security audits of apps accessed by mobile devices.
At the same time, 80 percent of respondents ranked mobility as a medium to high priority for IT investment, Matthew Gyde, global general manager for security solutions told Dimension Data.
"We are seeing a lot of interest in building a mobility policy. Security is a high priority, but enterprises are not necessarily doing any about it," lamented Gyde.
Gyde advised enterprises to develop strong authentication for mobile device users and grant access to enterprise systems based on access rules tied to an employee's position, location and device. In addition, enterprises should beef up their data center and enterprise application security.
"How are we protecting the applications? Are we crossing our fingers and hoping that the developer of that application has secured it? Or is there some sort of investment toward providing a more secure application," Gyde observed.
"There is often very little thought put into the wide, sweeping changes [that enterprise mobility] introduces into a company's security posture over time. There is a lot more investment than acquiring some devices. There is a lot of work to be done around policy. And then deploying security features to protect your critical assets--the user and the data," Gyde concluded.
- read Dimension Data's report