Rapid App Development Creates Security Nightmare

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 12-30-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Rapid App Development Creates an IT Security Nightmare
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    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.
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    Majority of Organizations Have Mobility Programs
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    Majority of Organizations Have Mobility Programs

    Two-thirds organizations have BYOD, a corporate-owned personally-enabled (COPE) environment, or mix of these two approaches.
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    Corporate Data Is Accessible Through Mobile
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    Corporate Data Is Accessible Through Mobile

    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.
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    Large Companies Recognize Risk the Most
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    Large Companies Recognize Risk the Most

    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.
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    Most Experience Data Breaches Due to Mobile Security
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    Most Experience Data Breaches Due to Mobile Security

    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
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    Concern About Malware in Apps
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    Concern About Malware in Apps

    73% of respondents are extremely or very concerned about apps that contain malware.
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    Concern About Apps Transmitting Sensitive Data
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    Concern About Apps Transmitting Sensitive Data

    66% of respondents are extremely or very concerned about apps that access or transmit sensitive data.
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    Mobile Apps Are Different From Traditional Applications
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    Mobile Apps Are Different From Traditional Applications

    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.
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    App Vetting Is Insufficient
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    App Vetting Is Insufficient

    The volume of apps is a challenge to mobile security solution providers, some of whom, such as Lookout, analyze 20,000 apps daily.
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    Mobile Devices at an Increased Risk
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    Mobile Devices at an Increased Risk

    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.
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    Rise in Investments in Mobile Security

    90% of respondents are making increased mobile security investments a priority over the next year.
 

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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