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Report identifies mobile as an open door for cybercriminals to attack business systems

A new report, ‘On the Radar’, from Ovum shines a light on the extent of the mobile security problem affecting businesses of every size around the globe. It exposes the inadequate level of mobile device protection offered by most mainstream endpoint security providers who have failed to keep pace with market requirements and the subsequent threat this has created for businesses who are unwittingly exposed to cybercriminals. The report highlights how businesses must urgently prioritize securing user mobility outside the traditional perimeter.

The ‘On the Radar’ report expands on Ovum research from earlier this year, conducted with more than 4,500 respondents across 20 geographic markets. Respondents show that 47 percent of employees use their own smartphone to access corporate data, 25 percent use their own tablet, and 8 percent are now experimenting with wearables to keep up to date with work-related issues.

The research also shows that 62 percent of respondents are using two or more mobile devices for work daily and less than 30 percent of them have any device management or security functionality on those devices. 

Other highlights include:

  • 41 percent of respondents use three or more mobile devices for work daily, which highlights the scale of the problem and the threat-opportunity it presents. Further emphasizing the threat that mobile device usage represents.
  • Less than 30 percent of employees, who use personal devices for work, have had any kind of EMM or security software installed on their devices.
  • 60 percent of employees use at least one of their own mobile devices to access corporate data; 47 percent use their own smartphone; 25 percent their own tablet.
  • 8 percent are now experimenting with wearables, as wearable technology is said to help them keep up to date with work-related issues.

To read the full report, visit cyberadapt.com/Ovum



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