Why mobile security is important in 2016

The rise of workforce mobility creates a challenge for organisations when it comes to security and data protection. In 2016, it’s important to extend your strategy to include more robust mobile security.

It’s no secret that cybercrime is a growing threat. IT security has been a key topic that has haunted 2016, with reports of frightful ransomware attacks and large-scale breaches.

So far this year security teams and business leaders have had to prioritise tightening up IT security. A task made more complicated with the rise of BYOD and workforce mobility.

Mobility in the workplace

Workforce mobility is enabled by technologies such as cloud computing. It’s revolutionising the workplace, boosting productivity by permitting employees to work anytime and anywhere.

It’s been discovered that “61% of workers work outside of the office at least part of the time”. As employees venture outside the office they are exposed to a host of potential security risks.

Unsafe public Wi-Fi points, device theft or loss are all threats that could breach security in your organisation.

In a recent study Lenovo revealed that only 50% of employees reported a stolen device on the same day the incident occurred. Statistics like this highlight a real danger. It’s easy to see that a lack of mobile security could lead to a significant data breach.

The evolution of mobile malware

In 2016 we’ve already seen a spike in mobile malware. Reports are showing a significant growth. In fact, AV Test released figures showing a rise from 400,000,00 malware detected in September 2015, to closing in on 600,00,000 detected in August 2016.

Trends are showing that Android devices are a prime target and mobile apps are increasingly becoming a hot spot for malware. It’s been discovered that 75% of mobile apps have a critical vulnerability.

New mobile malware is being developed every day at a worrying pace which heightens the security risk. Remote workers are in danger of installing mobile on work devices and also employees within the office can breach the network by connecting an infected device.

Consider this a summary of the reasons…

The points listed above are just the beginning.

If your organisation is going increasingly mobile, then it’s essential to consider enhancing mobile security to stay protected.

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