Mobile security is one of those many things that tends to fall into the category of being out of sight means being out of mind. It’s often not until mobile devices connect to a corporate network that IT staff start to become concerned about what connections a user of a mobile device might have been making since the last time that device was attached to the corporate network.
A new Mobile Security Index Report published by Verizon details the extent of the challenge. A full 85 percent of respondents said their businesses face at least a moderate risk from mobile security threats; with over a quarter (26%) identifying mobile security as a significant risk.
Just under three quarters also say those risks have increased in the last year and 73 percent say they expect those risks to increase in the coming year. Over a quarter (27%) said that during the past year their company experienced a security incident resulting in data loss or system downtime where mobile devices played a key role. An additional eight percent said that while they hadn’t, one of their suppliers had.