New Survey Of Mobile Device Security Shows Corporates Are Not Prepared For A Mobile Breach

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Apr 14, 2017 11:42 pm PST

New Check Point survey reveals that 64% of respondents doubt their organizations can prevent a mobile cyberattack:  20% of companies have had a mobile breach

A new survey by Check Point and Dimensional Research shows that nearly two-thirds (64%) of respondents stated they are doubtful that their organizations can defend against a mobile cyberattack.  20% of respondents stated their company has already experienced a security breach on its mobile devices, and a further 24% did not know if their company’s mobiles had been breached.

The survey, The Growing Threat of Mobile Device Security Breaches, shows that 94% of security professionals expect the frequency of mobile attacks to increase rapidly over the next year. However, just 38% of respondents stated their organizations use a mobile security solution other than mobile device management or enterprise mobile management to protect against attacks.

A total of 410 participants who have security leadership or frontline responsibilities completed the global survey, representing the full spectrum of job responsibilities and company sizes.  Key findings from the survey include:

Malware is the most common type of mobile attack:  58% of respondents have seen malware attacks against company mobile devices, 54% have seen SMS phishing exploits, and 54% have seen network attacks from WiFi or man-in-the-middle exploits.  41% had seen mobile credential theft and keylogging exploits.

Mobile breaches are costly:  37% of respondents said that the cost of a mobile device breach to their organization would be over $100,000; 23% said it would cost over $500,000.  These are similar to the estimated costs of a breach from a conventional desktop or laptop PC – highlighting how much sensitive data is stored on mobile devices, and the ease of access they offer to corporate resources.

Lack of resources is a barrier to mobile device cyberattack protection. Over 60% of respondents cited a lack of resources (either budget or personnel) as the main reason for not deploying a mobile device security solution.  However, 62% of companies are allocating more resources to mobile security initiatives compared to previous years.

The survey report is available from:

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