Companies increasingly worried about mobile security

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Poll of 300 US and UK based CIOs reveals 76 per cent of companies experience security “headaches” from mobile device belonging to staff members

Chief information operators at large companies in both the UK and the US are increasingly concerned about the security risks that employee owned mobile devices pose to their businesses.

According to research published by mobile device management technology provider Mformation which polled 300 UK and US CIO’s – 76 per cent of these executives said employee owned mobile devices are causing security headaches.

Seventy eight per cent of CIO’s admitted they are not aware about what mobile devices are connected to their company network and 77 per cent said they did not know what data was on these devices.

One in three CIO’s said they were not able to track data on company issued devices that employees are using while only 56 per cent said that should such a device be lost or stolen the company would be able to secure them.

Mformation chief executive Todd DeLaughter said IT management of mobile devices was slipping due to ever increasing technology of mobile devices.

“IT is literally flying blind. Enterprise IT organizations need solutions that can integrate into existing IT service delivery frameworks and extend them with these new mobile device management capabilities,” DeLaughter said.

CIOs appear to agree with his comments – 77 per cent of those surveyed said a lack of time and a limited budget as well as increasing complexity has lead to a lack of maturity when it comes to managing mobile devices.

DeLaughter said that unlike traditional IT infrastructures mobile platforms tend to be fragmented and are changing at a fast rate meaning unique processors are required even for standard management tasks such as security or software updates.

He said new technology such as cloud-based device management – provided by service providers and IT organisations were a possible route to solve the problems companies were experiencing from increased mobile usage.

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