Rapid App Development Creates Security Nightmare

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 12-30-2015 Email

An IT leader at a midsize professional services organization thought someone within the business was leaking sensitive information to unauthorized parties. Eventually it was discovered that a compromised mobile device was enabling high-level access to a company database. "It took a little over a month to pinpoint exactly where the breach transpired," he said. "However, after a significant amount of effort, we were able to find malware installed in the company-owned mobile device assigned to one of our executives. We are still going through the due diligence process to determine the particulars around how the malware ended up on this device." His experience is increasingly common; he is one of 82% of respondents to an IDG and Lookout report who said the majority of their corporate data is accessible via mobile devices. The survey included 100 IT leaders and IT security executives, 49% of whom are CIOs at high-tech companies (22 percent), financial services (17 percent) and manufacturing (17%). The average employee base of each company was 23,000. Here is what the report revealed.

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


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