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Careless employees the greatest mobile security threat: Check Point

Zafirah Salim | Dec. 8, 2014
82 percent of security professionals expect the number of mobile security incidents to increase next year, according to the survey.

In a recent survey, almost all respondents (95 percent) said they face challenges with securing and supporting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), highlighting the need for more robust security solutions for personal devices tied to the corporate network.

This is according to Check Point's third annual mobile security survey, which polled over 700 IT professionals in the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany and United Kingdom. The survey report highlights the ongoing concern of the ease of transporting sensitive corporate information outside of managed environments, and details the potential mobile security threats due to lack of employee security awareness or training.

The survey also reveals that the greatest threat resides within an organisation itself, as 87 percent of surveyed professionals felt that the greater security threat to mobile devices were careless employees. Additionally, nearly two-thirds of the respondents believed that recent high-profile breaches of customer data were likely due to employee carelessness.

Despite careless employees being regarded as the weakest link for businesses, 91 percent of IT professionals saw an increase in the number of personal mobile devices connecting to their networks over the past two years. In 2014, 56 percent of those surveyed managed business data on employee-owned devices, up from 37 percent in 2013.

On top of that, Android was perceived as having the greatest security risks. Android risk increased from 49 percent in 2013 to 64 percent this year, as the platform with greatest perceived security risk - as compared to Apple, Windows Mobile, and Blackberry.

Mobile security incidents expected to rise

2015 is shaping up to be a risky year, according to those surveyed. Of the security professionals
surveyed this year, 82 percent expect the number of security incidents to grow in 2015.

Besides that, nearly all of the respondents (98 percent) expressed their concern about the impact of a mobile security incident, with the greatest concern being the potential for lost and stolen information.

The cost of mobile security incidents are also found to be continually on the rise. 2014 saw an
increase in remediation costs for mobile security incidents, with 42 percent of respondents saying that mobile security incidents have cost their organisations more than US$250,000.

Check Point Capsule, a complete mobile security solution

"Through our 2014 Mobile Security Survey, it is clear that IT professionals are not seeing an end to mobile security threats, and in fact, are preparing for an increase of these incidents in 2015," said Dorit Dor, vice president of product at Check Point Software Technologies. "Today, we announced the Check Point Capsule, which helps to solve these challenges as a complete mobile solution that ensures seamless security regardless of where the data or device goes."


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