Mobile Users Are Lax On Security: Survey - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Infrastructure

Mobile Users Are Lax On Security: Survey

Even savvy mobile telecommunications users have been slow to use security technologies on their mobile devices, according to a survey of attendees at a trade show this week.

A survey of attendees at the CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association) Wireless IT and Entertainment conference in San Francisco suggests that even savvy mobile telecommunications users have been slow to use security technologies on their mobile devices.

The survey, conducted by Bluefire Security Technologies, Inc., found that, while most users are concerned about security, and while more than half their companies would invest more in mobile technology if these concerns were addressed, only 40% currently use mobile security tools. Indeed, some 44% of respondents said that, while they have concerns, neither they nor their companies have any immediate intentions to implement mobile security.

"Our survey of CTIA attendees should serve as a wake-up call for device manufacturers and telecommunications carriers, as well as users of mobile handheld devices," Bluefire COO Scott Schelle said in a statement. "Enterprises and individuals are relying on their devices for ever more sophisticated tasks, are signaling they want to buy more devices, and understand the security risks. But many are not taking concrete action to address those concerns and appear to be avoiding purchases as a result."

Security is a particularly pressing issue, since mobile and handheld devices are being increasingly used for applications that are particularly vulnerable to intrusion and viruses. Some 68% of respondents use their mobile devices to access the Web, 63% use instant messaging, and almost half use handhelds to check their e-mail.

With more than 65% of the companies surveyed select mobile devices for employee use in at least some circumstances, the Bluefire survey suggests that corporate decisions will be a key factor in the widespread implementation of mobile security. Some 70% of conference attendees surveyed said that the standard inclusion of security features on mobile devices would, in fact, encourage their deployment within their organizations.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Commentary
The Best Way to Get Started with Data Analytics
John Edwards, Technology Journalist & Author,  7/8/2020
Slideshows
10 Cyberattacks on the Rise During the Pandemic
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  6/24/2020
News
IT Trade Shows Go Virtual: Your 2020 List of Events
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  5/29/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
The State of IT & Cybersecurity Operations 2020
The State of IT & Cybersecurity Operations 2020
Download this report from InformationWeek, in partnership with Dark Reading, to learn more about how today's IT operations teams work with cybersecurity operations, what technologies they are using, and how they communicate and share responsibility--or create risk by failing to do so. Get it now!
Video
Current Issue
Key to Cloud Success: The Right Management
This IT Trend highlights some of the steps IT teams can take to keep their cloud environments running in a safe, efficient manner.
Slideshows
Flash Poll