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Information Week has published an interesting report, 2012 State of Mobility Security. Their study showed that 90% thought mobile devices were a threat to their network. The top concern by far was loss or infection of a device (see page 9 for other risks).

The report sounds an alarm, concluding that while 86% either permit (62%) the use of personal devices or are moving that way, most (69%) have issues with their mobile security policies and practices. For example:

  • 80% only require passwords
  • Just 14% require hardware encryption
  • Only 40% both limit the range of devices user can have and require that they be connected to a mobile device management system (such as Sybase’s Afaria)
  • 42% will allow any device, asking only that employees agree to company policies
  • Only 20% has systems to detect malware on all their mobile devices
  • Just 29% have an internal ‘app store’
  • 24% companies are still using WEP technology, shown to be weak by the TJ Maxx disaster, where the company paid $50m to settle with those affected by the compromise of some 45 million debit and credit card numbers.

The report should be required reading for all those responsible for IT security. It includes discussions of the technical issues together with a number of essential recommendations.

You may also want to see my review of an earlier, in-depth study by the Ponemon Institute. That identified some additional issues that require attention.

I welcome your views.

PS – if you are interested in SOX compliance, please check out my book on optimizing your program.

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