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Lost and Stolen Devices Top Corporate Mobile Security Concern

By: Absolute Team | 7/23/2013

Research 2013 state of mobile security 34704InformationWeek recently released its 2013 State of Mobile Security report outlining how businesses are using mobile devices and how these devices have impacted security. According to the survey, 68% of organizations support BYOD in some form, with an additional 20% developing BYOD policies. Given the now widespread adoption of mobile devices, particularly devices managed through BYOD programs, it is not surprising that the top corporate mobile security concern is lost/stolen devices. 

According to the survey, 78% of organizations say their top mobile security concern is lost/stolen devices, well ahead of potential forwarding of corporate information to cloud-based storage devices. It would seem the perception of threat is all too real: in the past 12 months, 11% have had a data loss issue that has required public disclosure.

Other findings from the report include:

  • 46% require a power-on password to authenticate mobile devices that access corporate data / networks
  • 45% let users bring in any device
  • 68% of organizations support BYOD, up from 62% in 2012
  • The top mobile security concerns are lost/stolen devices, cloud based storage, malware from apps, and threats from WiFi networks / hotspots.
  • 39% use an MDM system. Top wishes for MDM include data encryption, blocking jailbroken devices, and remote lock and wipe
  • 45% do not restrict personal apps that may have access to corporate data (only 23% blacklist and 15% whitelist)

If you are looking to take control of your BYOD program and implement a stronger device security standard, we can help! At Absolute Software, we think you should shape your BYOD policy around your data, not around your device or even around the type of mobile program you employ. For more on creating an efficient BYOD policy, read our guide on How to Implement a BYOD Policy in 3 Simple Steps. Between Absolute Manage MDM and Absolute Computrace, we can provide you the coverage you need to take the worry out of dealing with lost/stolen devices.