More Than Half of Companies See Rise in Mobile Security Threats



43 Percent of Firms Do Not Know if Devices Accessing Corporate Data Have Downloaded Malware

Bring your own device (BYOD) is a hot topic among cybersecurity professionals and business leaders. Today’s workers, particularly millennials, require the mobility to work from wherever they are and cloud solutions are enabling an ever-growing number to work from their mobile devices.  How to protect company data while providing employees the flexibility and mobility they need is a big concern.  Compliance with data protection laws is complicated when customer data is stored and used on devices that are not under the direct control of the company.

A new report, just released, gives some compelling insights into this issue.

Bitglass, the Next-Gen CASB company, has released its 2018 BYOD Security Report. The analysis is based on a survey of nearly 400 enterprise IT experts who revealed the state of BYOD and mobile device security in their organizations.

According to the study, 85 percent of organizations are embracing bring your own device (BYOD). Interestingly, many organizations are even allowing contractors, partners, customers, and suppliers to access corporate data on their personal devices. Amidst this BYOD frenzy, over half of the survey’s respondents believe that the volume of threats to mobile devices has increased over the past twelve months.

“While most companies believe mobile devices are being targeted more than ever, our findings indicate that many still lack the basic tools needed to secure data in BYOD environments,” said Rich Campagna, CMO of Bitglass. “Enterprises should feel empowered to take advantage of BYOD’s myriad benefits, but must employ comprehensive, real-time security if they want to do so safely and successfully.”

Key Findings of this report include:

  • Organizations are embracing BYOD, making it available to employees (76 percent), contractors (27 percent), partners (25 percent), customers (22 percent), and suppliers (19 percent).
  • 51 percent of respondents believe the number of threats targeting mobile devices has increased in the past year. Unfortunately, only 30 percent of firms are confident that they are properly defending against malware on personal and mobile devices.
  • 30 percent of enterprises cite company security concerns as the leading inhibitor to BYOD adoption; specifically, they are worried about data leakage (61 percent), unauthorized data access (53 percent), and the inability to control uploads and downloads (53 percent).
  • One in five organizations lacks visibility into basic, native mobile apps (like email) on personal devices.
  • Only 56 percent of companies can employ key functionality like remote wipe for removing sensitive data from endpoints.

Methodology
Bitglass partnered with a cross-industry cybersecurity community to survey nearly 400 IT experts about the state of BYOD security in their organizations.

To learn more, download the 2018 BYOD Security Report here: https://pages.bitglass.com/MissionImpossibleSecuringBYOD_LP.html

About Bitglass
Bitglass, the Next-Gen CASB company, is based in Silicon Valley with offices worldwide. The company’s cloud security solutions deliver zero-day, agentless data and threat protection for any app, any device, anywhere. Bitglass is backed by Tier 1 investors and was founded in 2013 by a team of industry veterans with a proven track record of innovation and execution.

By: Steven Bowcut, CPP, PSP, Brilliance Security Magazine Editor-in-Chief