Mobile Apps Need Better Security

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 11-22-2013 Email

According to a new report by Forrester Research, mobile security risks are moving to apps, mimicking the traditional computing space in which security and risk professionals first targeted networks and devices and then progressed to applications. The Forrester Research report cites three reasons for directing security to apps. One, security and risk professionals have little control over mobile networks, devices and OSs. Operating system vulnerabilities show no correlation to the number of threats against them, reports Forrester, citing "Symantec Internet Security Threat Report 2013." The top layer of security stack, therefore, is the primary point of risk within mobile. Two, employees are using multiple personal devices at the office, home and while travelling to view private and strategic corporate data. Lastly, mobile apps are updated more frequently than traditional PC applications, making it hard for security and risk personnel to keep up with the rapid pace of device expansion. The report, which is based on responses from 692 IT security decision-makers from over 60 companies with $50 million in revenues, offers recommendations for how enterprises can best to secure mobile apps. For more about the report, which, click here

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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