One in three organisations suffered data breaches due to mobile devices

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The number of security incidents involving mobile devices has increased over the past year, but companies are not protecting their mobile assets as well as they do other systems. 

One in three organisations admitted to suffering a compromise due to a mobile device, according to a new study by Verizon that surveyed 671 professionals in charge of mobile device procurement and management in their organisations.

This represents a five per cent increase compared to the results of a similar survey last year.

“Mobile devices are prone to many of the same attacks as other devices,” Verizon said in its Mobile Security Index 2019 report.

“Most phishing attacks and badly coded sites can affect them; mobile users might even be more vulnerable. And there are also mobile-specific exploits—like malicious apps and rogue wireless hotspots.”

Companies not meeting bare minimum mobile security standards

“And yet again this year, we found that many companies are failing to protect their mobile devices,” the company said. “And we’re not talking about some almost-impossible-to-achieve gold standard. We’re talking about companies failing to meet even a basic level of preparedness.”

This is not due to a lack of awareness, as over 80 per cent of respondents said their companies were at risk from mobile threats and 69 said those risks have increased over the past year.

At the same time over two-thirds of respondents said they are less confident in the security of their organisation’s mobile devices compared to other systems.

Almost half of respondents admitted that their organisations sacrificed mobile security to get the job done faster and nearly half of those that cut corners experienced a mobile-related security compromise.

Meanwhile, less than 25 per cent of those that didn’t sacrifice security for speed and profit had a mobile-related compromise.