95% of companies challenged by BYOD security

95% of companies challenged by BYOD security

Around 95 per cent of IT security professionals admit they are struggling to stay on top of the threats posed by a bring-your-own-device approach, a new study has found.

A report from Check Point, entitled the 'Impact of Mobile Devices on Information Security', found that over 80 per cent of respondents are expecting the number of mobile security incidents at their company to grow over the course of the next 12 months.

It is a problem that is not restricted to companies in just one country, with the research canvassing the views of over 700 IT professionals from the US, UK, Australia, Canada and Germany.

One of the biggest fears to emerge from the survey was that of an insider threat, with 87 per cent of respondents claiming that careless employees are one of the main problem to BYOD adoption.

Some platforms are also seen as posing a higher risk than others, with Android seen as being the most potentially problematic for businesses, with the operating system being cited by 64 per cent of respondents as posing a challenge – a substantial rise on the 49 per cent recorded in 2013.

Check Point product vice president, Dorit Dor, commented: “Through our survey it is clear that IT professionals are not seeing an end to mobile security threats, and in fact are preparing for an increase of these incidents in 2015.”

Graeme Batsman added that there is therefore an temptation among businesses to abandon the use of Android altogether, but hinted there were viable options available.

He told SC Magazine: “iOS and others have a tiny percentage of malware, if at all. Device encryption, remote wipe, backup, anti-virus and mobile device management (MDM) can all help.”

MDM is seen as an integral part of securing mobile devices and a company's overall infrastructure.

Arrow has two solutions available to enterprise customers. MaaS360 from Fiberlink is a cloud-based data security and device management solution that  utilises native applications and Exchange Active Sync to support a wide range of BYOD policies.

The other option is the DME from Excitor, an on premise solution that provides secure email, browser and Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) plus mobile device management.