Magazine article Information Management

Real Mobile Security Takes More Than a Policy

Magazine article Information Management

Real Mobile Security Takes More Than a Policy

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The use of mobile devices may be growing, but users are not necessarily getting smarter about the accompanying security issues. In 2012, a Symantec Threat Report revealed that 44% of adults were not aware of security solutions for mobile devices. As more people have begun using mobile devices, this number has only increased. In 2013 it rose to 57%. According to a special Computer-World (CW) report, this can be partly explained by the migration to smartphones by people who previously used feature phones with limited security requirements. They often aren't aware of the need to install security apps.

This is especially troublesome for organizations as employees increasingly are using their personal mobile devices to access corporate data. Couple this with the growing number of lost mobile devices. CW cited a Consumer Reports survey that determined 1.4 million smartphones were lost and never found in 2013, up from 1.2 million in 2012.

So how do organizations address this problem and safeguard their data?

"To date there is really not a perfect way to secure a device from an employee," said Jamisson Fowler, vice president of IT at Well-Point, a health benefits company. "They are always prone to their own sets of mistakes, and there's not a tool out there to absolutely lock the device down. …

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