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Organisational Mobile Security Survey

Research And Markets : 11 February, 2011  (New Product)
The GI mSecurity Survey 2010 is now available from Research and Markets detailing security on mobile phones, smartphones and tablet PC equipment
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "GI mSecurity Survey 2010" report to their offering.



2010 was an extraordinary year for mobile. Smartphones and tablet computers are having a transformational effect on the way that an organisation does business and manages information. There is a big question over whether information security professionals can keep up with the pace of change currently seen with smart mobile devices (SMD) and can manage the risks associated with them



The mSecurity Survey 2010 Report provides a snapshot of how an organisation views mobile security (mSecurity) and asks key questions to information security professionals and IT managers around the world.



Question topics include:



    * How organisations are tackling the security problems posed by smart mobile devices

    * Current adoption rates for mSecurity products and services; who is using what?

    * Planned adoption rates for mSecurity products and services; if not currently being used when do they plan to deploy?

    * How information security professionals rank the security of smartphones

    * What mobile platforms are being adopted and is the Apple iPad being deployed within the enterprise?

    * The mSecurity incidents that have been reported within an organisation, including malware, voice interception, data loss and theft



This vendor-independent survey also examines how smartphones like the iPhone and Google Android phone and tablet computers, such as the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, are altering the way that security professionals deal with enterprise security.



The GI mSecurity Survey reveals that 64 percent of organisations that allow their users to store company information on smartphone devices do not encrypt data



In addition, 44 percent of the organisations surveyed do not have a documented, specific security policy for mobile phones.



This landmark, vendor-independent survey was carried out from October to November 2010 for the second consecutive year, providing a snapshot of the current state of mobile security within organisations across the globe.



The survey shows that in 2010 only 32 percent of information security professionals feel that their awareness level regarding mSecurity is inadequate. This is a significant improvement compared to 2009 when the GI mSecurity Survey reported that almost 90 percent considered their awareness to be inadequate. However overall general awareness has not improved with 68 percent stating that they felt that there was no general (end-user/employee) awareness for mSecurity.



This is certainly an area of concern for information security professionals that needs to be addressed said Alan Goode. While the security community has educated itself there is still a lack of awareness amongst end-users. A number of organisations are still failing to implement mobile security policies and even more disturbingly, a significant number allow employees to store company information on their SMDs, including email, without encryption. This is a serious issue for those attempting to control data loss in an organisation



The mSecurity Survey Report answers the following key questions:



    * How organisations are tackling the security problems posed by smart mobile devices

    * How information security professionals rank the security of smartphones

    * How ready and equipped business is to deal with these unique challenges

    * The mSecurity incidents that have been reported within an organisation, including malware, voice interception, data loss and theft

    * Is mSecurity being embedded into company information security policy?

    * The technology controls being adopted to counteract the main mSecurity threats

    * How smartphones like the iPhone and Google Android phone and tablet computers, such as the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, are altering the way that security professionals deal with enterprise security
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