NetMotion, Software

According to a new study titled, Greatest Mobile Security Threats in the Enterprise, a significant lack of visibility into devices and networks is putting businesses at risk for data leakage and phishing attacks.

08.10.2018 - 14:07:58

NetMotion Software: New Research Exposes Lack of Network and Device Usage Visibility Increasing Corporate Security Risks. The study, conducted by Enterprise Mobility Exchange and commissioned by NetMotion Software, showed that nearly 50 percent of mobile workers spend the majority of their worktime connected to non-corporate public Wi-Fi and carrier networks. Of that 50 percent, over 27 percent claim to connect to non-corporate owned networks more than 76 percent of the time. And, over 60 percent lack tools to audit when a device connects to a third-party network. Over half of the companies were also unsure how to even monitor device data traffic and to which servers users were connected to, beyond their corporate firewalls.

In addition to data leakage and phishing attacks, other threats such as insecure applications, spyware and network spoofing were also highlighted as top concerns. While most respondents indicated having some level of mobile security policies to mitigate risks, roughly one-third didn’t actively enforce them. Despite the potential for unsafe user behavior that might compromise the security of corporate information, more than a third (36 percent) do not provide employees with security training.

The research also uncovered that, even as organisations recognise the threats, they are somewhat complacent to address them. Nearly half of those who provided an answer (49 percent) could not determine the number of mobile security incidents that took place in the previous year. And 66 percent of the companies do not require users to connect through a secured VPN to access corporate data, jeopardising their internal networks.

“As office and field work continues to demand always-on access to applications, it’s in an organisation’s best interest to provide employees secure access to a variety of Wi-Fi and carrier networks,” added Christopher Kenessey, CEO & President for NetMotion. “But enterprises still have a way to go to ensure visibility and security over device and user behaviour across networks outside the firewall.”

“With a large number of field workers connecting to non-corporate, unsecured networks, organisations need real-time data gathering tools to stay ahead of the security threats in today’s mobile workplace,” said Nick McQuire, Vice President of Global Enterprise Research for CCS Insight. “Visibility and actionable analytics are required for IT organisations to monitor their devices and networks in order to mitigate security risks.”

The Greatest Mobile Security Threats in the Enterprise study was conducted in the United States in July and August 2018. It reached more than 130 respondents at companies with corporately owned mobile devices (phones, tablets, laptops) across financial, government, warehousing and other industries.

For more information on the Greatest Mobile Security Threats in the Enterprise study, download the complete report.

About NetMotion Software

NetMotion Mobile Performance and Operational Intelligence solutions give IT teams the ability to monitor, alert and dynamically make decisions using real-time data and analytics. Thousands of enterprises around the world depend on the company’s solutions to improve the performance, visibility and security for their mobile workers. NetMotion has received numerous awards for its technology and customer support. The company consistently receives an impressive customer satisfaction Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 91, significantly exceeding NPS averages in the technology and telecom industries. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Visit www.netmotionsoftware.com.

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