New Research Exposes Lack of Network and Device Usage Visibility Increasing Corporate Security Risks
Seattle, WA – October 8, 2018 – According to a new study titled Greatest Mobile Security Threats in the Enterprise, a significant lack of visibility into devices and networks is putting businesses at risk for data leakage and phishing attacks. The study, conducted by Enterprise Mobility Exchange and commissioned by NetMotion Software, showed that nearly 50 percent of mobile workers spend the majority of their worktime connected to non-corporate public Wi-Fi and carrier networks. Of that 50 percent, over 27 percent claim to connect to non-corporate owned networks more than 76 percent of the time. And, over 60 percent lack tools to audit when a device connects to a third-party network. Over half of the companies were also unsure how to even monitor device data traffic and which servers users were connected to beyond their corporate firewalls.
“Our study showed that it’s impossible to devise effective strategies for mitigating mobile security threats if you don’t know what devices are doing for a large part of the time they’re in use. Moreover, the widespread use of third-party networks creates a blind spot that needs to be addressed in order to make devices truly secure.”
Managing Director, Enterprise Mobility Exchange
In addition to data leakage and phishing attacks, other threats such as insecure applications, spyware and network spoofing were also highlighted as top concerns. Although while most respondents indicated having some level of mobile security policies to mitigate risks, roughly one-third didn’t actively enforce them. Despite the potential for unsafe user behavior to compromise the security of corporate information, more than a third (36 percent) do not provide employees with security training.
The research also uncovered that, even as organizations recognize the threats, they are somewhat complacent to address them. Nearly half of those who provided an answer (49 percent) could not determine the number of mobile security incidents that took place in the previous year. And 66 percent of the companies do not require users to connect through a secured VPN to access corporate data, jeopardizing their internal networks.
“As office and field work continue to demand always-on access to applications, it’s in an organization’s best interest to provide employees secure access to a variety of Wi-Fi and carrier networks. But enterprises still have a ways to go to ensure visibility and security over device and user behavior across networks outside the firewall.”
CEO & President, NetMotion Software
“With the large number of field workers connecting to non-corporate, unsecured networks, organizations need real-time data gathering tools to stay ahead of the security threats in today’s mobile workplace. Visibility and actionable analytics are required for IT organizations to monitor their devices and networks in order to mitigate security risks.”
Vice President of Global Enterprise Research, CCS Insight.
The Greatest Mobile Security Threats in the Enterprise study was conducted in the United States in July and August 2018. It reached more than 130 respondents at companies with corporately owned mobile devices (phones, tablets, laptops) across financial, government, warehousing and other industries. For more information on the Greatest Mobile Security Threats in the Enterprise study, download the complete report.
About NetMotion Software
NetMotion provides security solutions for millions of devices deployed around the world, including 7 of the 10 largest airlines, 85% of US public safety agencies, and a variety of other major organizations ranging from utilities and healthcare to logistics and legal sectors. Customers choose the NetMotion platform for its powerful software-defined perimeter (SDP / ZTNA), experience monitoring and mobile-first enterprise VPN functionality. These solutions stand out for their ability to actively improve the employee experience, validated by a satisfaction rating of 97% and an NPS of 91. NetMotion is headquartered in Seattle, with offices in Victoria, Chicago, London, Tokyo, Sydney and Frankfurt.
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