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86% of execs still worry about potential hacks: Blackberry

July 19, 2016  

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A new global research initiative conducted by BlackBerry Ltd. and released today concludes that despite extensive resources dedicated to mobile security, many IT decision-makers remain concerned about the level of vulnerabilities that persist. The study surveyed 1,000 executives from seven countries across a wide range of vertical industries, including financial services, government and healthcare.

The survey reveals that 73% of organizations have a mobile security strategy in place, but only 3% say they have implemented the highest levels of security possible. This is in part because of user attitudes — 82% of the executives admit mobile security precautions cause at least some frustration among employees, and potentially hinder productivity. Overall, 44% fear that too much mobile security will prevent employees from doing their job.

This fear of implementing a stronger mobile environment led to a startling majority, Blackberry said in that 86% of executives who said they are worried about the level of protection for their organization with half saying they will experience more security breaches through mobile devices.

Part of the reason organizations are opening themselves up to these risks is because of the growing trend of BYOD — where despite the popularity, almost half believe that supporting a BYOD policy is a risk, the report found.

“The frequency and severity of malicious attacks have made mobile security the center of attention for CEOs and boards of directors, but doing enough to mitigate risk is still a persistent problem that needs to be solved,” said David Kleidermacher, chief security officer at BlackBerry. “This is especially true as the constant adoption of new technologies regularly brings the potential for new vulnerabilities, which can offset the benefits.

“We have also heard many of our customers say that security policies can be perceived as a hindrance. However, senior executives in every function, and even in the boardroom, need to forcefully communicate that effective mobile security enhances productivity instead of obstructing it.”

The research also uncovered that nearly half of organizations do not have a Security Incident Response Team (SIRT) in place, despite the fact that SIRT is an industry best practice to reduce the cost of data breaches. IT decision-makers also want and seek outside help when it comes to securing their mobile environments. Of those surveyed 59% report that external expertise is the best option for reviewing mobile practices.