Securing mobile devices proving to be top concern for businesses

Securing mobile devices proving to be top concern for businesses (Georgijevic)

Securing mobile devices and staying safe in the bring your own device (BYOD) era is one of the biggest concerns for businesses, a new survey has suggested

A recent report from ZDNet found that a mounting number of companies are linking the use of mobile devices to increased security headaches.

The report linked to a recent survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute, an independent privacy and information security research organisation.

Its 2016 State of the Endpoint report found that around 86 per cent of the 18,590 IT security practitioners surveyed cited mobile devices as the most prominent threat to IT security.

The concerns over the security of mobile devices is, of course, nothing new. Demand for mobile enterprise security solutions has never been so strong, with many companies beginning to make Enterprise Mobility Management( (EMM) suites a strong part of their system.

EMM platforms offer a more comprehensive yet flexible approach to securing enterprise mobile devices, particularly when compared to conventional mobile device management (MDM) solutions.

With these latest findings suggesting that many of the concerns around mobile working remain, it is clear that many companies are likely to be looking at more sophisticated solutions in order to ease their ongoing concerns surrounding mobile working.

However, increasing security is not necessarily a simple task, as many firms are finding that increasing their hold on mobile devices within their system can pose a threat to the overall privacy of their employees.

Achieving a balance is therefore going to be a significant challenge.