Mobile Computing Primary Security Concern for Professionals
Security and protection are the top concerns of present day consumers and businesses. In this regard, Fishnet security has done a survey, finding that mobile computing is the top security concern for organizations.
According to the survey, about 35% of information security professionals regarded mobile computing, 27% reported social networks and 18% of professionals reported cloud computing as the major security concerns.
“It’s clear that mobile computing tops the list of this year’s leading security concerns with the clients we surveyed,” said Gary Fish, FishNet Security’s founder and CEO. “Our company is seeing this as a major issue because of the number of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) instances and the vulnerabilities that can threaten mobile computing, such as unsecured Wi-Fi access, lost or stolen devices, and malware attacks on mobile operating systems.”
Twenty eight percent of the respondents said that cloud computing will soon replace social networks as the second most important security concern in the next two years, while mobile computing will remain as the top security concern during this period.
“Cloud computing represents a growing area of concern because companies are leveraging it to increase efficiency and reduce IT spending,” said Aaron Shilts, executive vice president of Services at FishNet Security. “Because of its growing popularity, we’re seeing more concern about cloud-specific security issues in our survey. The geographic distribution of cloud-based data can make it incredibly challenging to maintain standard security controls. Cloud computing is also forcing organizations to take a closer look at their Identity and Access Management posture.”
The popularity of mobile computing is accelerating, and people are becoming more habitual of using Tablets and smartphones for internet access. This survey cautions to use proper protections for mobile computing.