C-Suite Mobile Devices Are Enterprise’s Biggest Risks

Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt
Posted: 05/30/2017
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With great power comes great responsibility, and nowhere is that truer than in the business world.

A new report outlines just how targeted top executives really are when it comes to cyber security, as more than 500 surveyed c-level professionals believe they and their peers are most at risk. The report, which can be seen in full here, shows 40% of c-level professionals globally believe they are the biggest target of mobile security attacks, with an additional 34% responding that senior-level management is among the highest risk.

The survey also showed CIOs and senior IT decision makers have increased concern about mobile security risks in the enterprise year over year, jumping from 36% in 2016 to 47% in 2016. The survey stretched the globe and included some of the largest economic regions, including the U.S., U.K., Germany, and France and was horizontal across all industries.

Mobile security has become arguably the largest IT issue enterprises are currently facing, as they battle the operability vs. productivity conundrum.

“While recent trends like the consumerization of IT and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies were ultimately rooted in and driven by a desire to maximize employee productivity, security still trumps these aspirations,” said ESG Analyst Mark Bowker. “Indeed, when survey respondents were asked whether they would be more willing to sacrifice productivity in the pursuit of supporting the application, endpoint device, and data requirements of the organization’s employees/end-users, nearly three-quarters (71%) state that they would sacrifice productivity for improved security.”

While the trend is heading in the right direction, nearly three out of 10 IT professionals would rather have more productivity and leave security by the wayside. Employees are storing more confidential data on endpoint devices – specifically mobile – which makes them exponentially more valuable to hackers.

Because of the “always on” mentality of the high-level or c-suite professional, survey respondents said the biggest threats come when executives are outside the office, tapping into public WiFi locations in coffee shops, hotels, and airports.

In a Fortune report from 2016, a list of high-profile company CEOs were named as those who were breached in some form, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, among many others.

As previously reported by Enterprise Mobility Exchange, smartphone hacks reached record highs in 2016, accounting for 85% of mobile infections, making them the single largest threat vector in comparison to other devices such as laptops, tablets, and wearables.

Enterprise Mobility Exchange will host a mobility in security event this October 11 and 12 in Miami, Florida touching on all the inherent risks and issues associated with mobile device breaches. Find out more about the event here

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Jason Koestenblatt
Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt

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