Rapid App Development Creates an IT Security Nightmare
The rapid rate of mobile app development has increased the risk of mobile breaches, as the creation of these apps is outpacing IT’s ability to secure them.
Two-thirds organizations have BYOD, a corporate-owned personally-enabled (COPE) environment, or mix of these two approaches.
82% of respondents said most of their corporate data is accessible via mobile devices. 95% admit that a rise in data on or accessible by mobile increases the risk of a security breach.
Companies with more than 10,000 employees are more likely to admit that their organizations are significantly more at risk. “The greater the volume of employees and access to data, the greater the worry,” said a white paper summarizing the study.
74% of respondents said that organizations have experienced the data breach because of a mobile security issue caused by: mobile apps containing malware, apps that contain security vulnerabilities, unsecured Wi-Fi connections
73% of respondents are extremely or very concerned about apps that contain malware.
66% of respondents are extremely or very concerned about apps that access or transmit sensitive data.
The phenomenal pace of mobile app development—the Apple Store alone reached 1.5 million in June 2015, up 300,000 from last year—would have been unthinkable during the PC era.
The volume of apps is a challenge to mobile security solution providers, some of whom, such as Lookout, analyze 20,000 apps daily.
Mobile devices face more security risk than they did last year. 52% of respondents agree that there is somewhat more risk, 22% said there is significantly more risk, 21% said there is no greater risk, and 5% said their mobile devices face less risk.
90% of respondents are making increased mobile security investments a priority over the next year.