Bitglass: More than half of companies see rise in mobile security threats

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More than half of companies that took part in a security survey are seeing a rise in mobile security threats, according to Bitglass.

Bitglass, a Next-Gen cloud access security broker company, has released its 2018 Bring Your Own Device (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 organisations.

The study explains that 85 per cent of organisations are embracing BYOD.

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Many organisations are even allowing contractors, partners, customers, and suppliers to access corporate data on their personal devices.

But, 43 per cent of firms do not know if devices accessing corporate data have downloaded malware, the study indicates.

More than half of the survey’s respondents believe that the volume of threats to mobile devices has increased over the past twelve months.

Bitglass CMO Rich Campagna said while most companies believe mobile devices are being targeted more than ever, the company’s findings indicate that many still lack the basic tools needed to secure data in BYOD environments.

“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,” said Campagna.

Organisations are embracing BYOD, making it available to 76 per cent of employees, 27 per cent of contractors, 25 per cent of partners, 22 per cent of customers and 19 per cent of suppliers. Only 30 per cent of firms are confident that they are properly defending against malware on personal and mobile devices. One in five organisations lacks visibility into basic, native mobile apps, such as email, on personal devices. Only 56 per cent of companies can employ key functionality such as remote wipe for removing sensitive data from endpoints.