Verizon released its third annual Mobile Security Index today, just in time for the RSA cybersecurity show in San Francisco this week. In this year’s highly anticipated report, Verizon has again pulled together an incredible volume of data to provide us with an in-depth view of the mobile security landscape.
Spotlight on innovation
It’s no surprise that advances in Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity, hardware and app development have all helped to give ‘mobile’ an increasingly central role in both employee and customer experiences.
Employees rely on their mobile devices every day to get their jobs done – whether it be their laptops, phones or tablets. With the dramatic increase in mobile and our greater reliance on remote workers, this usage is increasingly taking place outside the four walls of the office.
Based on NetMotion’s findings and contribution to this Verizon report:
- The average mobile device connects to two to three insecure Wi-Fi hotspots per day. The most common places where this happens: retail, hospitality and transportation hubs, such as airports.
- In an average 30-day period, 42% of users accessed at least one public file-sharing service. In total, employees at the average organization used six different file-sharing apps. The average mobile device connects to two to three insecure Wi-Fi hotspots per day. The most common places where this happens: retail, hospitality and transportation hubs, such as airports.
As mobile becomes even more crucial to today’s businesses, attackers have taken note, and are finding increasingly creative strategies to target companies through mobile interfaces. This is oftentimes via insecure Wi-Fi networks or by finding vulnerabilities in the ways employees commonly use shadow IT.
Innovation comes with its own risks, but these are not always considered in the business world. Mobile security is not new. Nor are the risks associated with it. But as we store and share more information from our mobile devices, the stakes are getting exponentially higher and potentially more costly. As regulation catches up with this shift in technology, organizations face greater penalties and responsibility to notify customers and consumers of any breach. And those consumers and business customers are likewise becoming more sensitized to security and privacy issues.
Keeping ahead of bad actors and malware innovation while delivering the mobile experiences that consumers and employees expect is an ongoing challenge. Doing so successfully isn’t only about the tools that are used, it’s vital to have an approach that puts mobile security right at the heart of IT strategy.
With security being such a core element of NetMotion’s approach to mobility, we are proud to have contributed to Verizon’s 2020 MSI report.
To learn more about the current mobile security environment and better understand the risks, download the report now:
Read the report: Verizon 2020 Mobile Security Index Report
Armed with insights from the report, your organization will be better equipped to strengthen mobile security as your digital transformation journey unfolds.