A Case For Mobile Data Security Software: Employee Actions Still #1 When It Comes To Data Breaches.

According to a new survey of 7,000 IT executives and employees, most data breaches are caused by “mundane events” (news.idg.no), such as devices being lost or stolen.  It’s the reason why solutions like AlertBoot Mobile Security, which protects companies from experiencing breaches due to the loss or theft of smartphones and tablets, are so in demand.

Loss and Theft Accounts for 31% of Breaches

The survey by Forrester Research, as reported by idg.no, shows that:

  • 31% of breaches are due to employees losing devices, or being victims of theft

  • 27% mentioned “inadvertent misuse by an employee”

  • 25% quoted external attacks

  • 12% noted malicious attacks by insiders

These results are quite unsurprising.  Over the past five years or so that I’ve been tracking such surveys, the loss of laptops and other portable data storage devices ranked as the top reason for a data breach, survey after survey (with one or two exceptions).

With the BYOD trend gaining momentum, we can expect the numbers to rise higher.  Or can we?  Something I’ve been musing about lately is the fact that, unlike most laptop computers, today’s smartphones and tablets come with great protection built-in from the start.

Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, for example, come with disk encryption that — while not vetted and approved by formal agencies (not yet, anyhow) — use the same technology that stymies law enforcement agencies from gathering evidence.  On the other hand:

The commonest form of mobile device security is password entry plus remote lock and wipe with almost a quarter admitting they haven’t started using any form of data protection at all. [idg.no]

No amount of protective tools will help you safeguard your data if you don’t use it.  And not using it is a great way of increasing the odds of a data breach.

MDM to the Rescue

Thankfully, one doesn’t have to leave it up to employees to use their devices’ built-in security.  By using an advanced MDM (mobile device management) solution, many aspects of a device’s security and operations can be controlled and managed.  For example, with AlertBoot Mobile Security, an administrator can require that passwords or passcodes are used on devices; whether certain apps should not be installed on the device; if particular device was rooted or jailbroken; etc.

To learn more about AlertBoot Mobile Security, visit us at alertboot.com.

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