Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 08-01-2013

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

What Data Is Most at Risk?  69% of respondents say regulated data on mobile devices.  45% say the cloud puts regulated data at risk.

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

The Amount of Data at Risk Is Little Known 19% of respondents know how much regulated data is on employees' devices. 16% know how much data is in cloud-based file-sharing applications, like Dropbox, Box and others.

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Risks Are Increasing  The risk of regulated data stored on mobile devices is increasing according to 78% of respondents.  45% say their organization understands that risk.

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Unruly Employees  75% of respondents say it is difficult to stop employees from using insecure mobile devices to access regulated data.

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Insufficient Safeguards  Only 32% say their organization vigilantly protects regulated data on mobile devices.

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Mobile is Here to Stay  63% of employees use laptops, tablets and smartphones to access and use data at work. And half use these devices to access account numbers, passwords, PINs, social security numbers, mobile phone numbers, and payroll and benefits information.

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Getting Around Security Features  78% of respondents say employees circumvent or disable security features on mobile devices. Despite employee-created risks, 67% of organizations do not enforce special monitoring procedures.

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Security for Mobile Is Hardly Used  Only 12% of respondents say their organizations use mobile device management (MDM).  6% use mobile digital rights management (DRM) and 4% use mobile application management (MAM).

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Data Protection Laws Are Ignored  67% of respondents say their organization must comply with state privacy and data breach laws, but only 18% believe these laws specify the protection of regulated data on mobile devices.

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Rampant Breaches of Regulated Data on Mobile Devices  54% suffered one or more losses or thefts of mobile devices containing regulated data, averaging almost five losses in the past two years and resulting in 6,000 lost or stolen records.

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

How to Protect Data on Mobile Devices  Tip: Inform everyone that regulated data on mobile devices should be as protected and secure as other sensitive and confidential information. Stress the importance of not circumventing or disabling security features on mobile devices.

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Use Special Mobile Protections  Tip: Use data-centric protections for personally owned devices and invest in technologies that specifically address regulated data risk, like MDM, mobile DRM and MAN.

Companies Not Protecting Data on Mobile Devices