A compromised mobile device could be used to access private data for one-in-ten businesses

Andy Boxall

In app-technology-blog, news

November 16, 2015

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According to mobile security experts MobileIron, one in ten businesses have at least one compromised device in the organization, where data stored on it could be illegally accessed. Additionally, more than 53% of businesses have at least one phone that doesn’t comply with security policies. This situation can lead to an inability for companies to protect data accessible through corporate smartphones.

Mike Raggo, director of security research at MobileIron, said:


“As more business processes are mobilized, hackers look to mobile apps to capitalize on enterprises’ inability to prevent and detect mobile threats. To protect sensitive data against the threats of tomorrow, enterprises need to rethink their security approach for a fundamentally different mobile architecture.”

MobileIron says that one in ten businesses have at least one compromised device

MobileIron Compromised

MobileIron points out that the use of consumer versions of file sync and storage apps can be the cause of these problems, adding that it blacklists the use of Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, and SugarSync on its platform. It recommends and approves the use of Enterprise grade versions of these apps, and several alternatives.

Mike Raggo continued:

“Today’s organizations have far too many disparate security technologies that are rarely fully integrated with each other. Even when integrated, they rarely include information about mobile devices and apps.”

More than half of Enterprise mobile devices don’t comply with security policies

MobileIron Compliance

MobileIron says its own platform can ensure employees use the right apps on the right devices, helping corporate data stay safe.

Mike Raggo concludes:

“Companies using an Enterprise Mobility Management solution can rely on several proactive and reactive countermeasures, including the ability to detect risky apps and behaviors, quarantine devices, and perform selective wipes, among others.”

You can learn more about MobileIron’s services here, and the above data comes from a white paper entitled “State of App Security,” which can be downloaded here.