iPass Mobile Security Report: Half of Organizations Suspect Their Mobile Workers Have Been Hacked in the Last 12 Months
Compiling the responses of 500 organizations from the U.S.,
“There is no escaping the fact that mobile security threats are rising. So while it is great that mobile workers are increasingly able to work from locations such as cafes, hotels and airports, there is no guarantee the Wi-Fi hotspot they are using is fully secure,” said
The research shows the majority of organizations are still addressing mobile security problems by banning employee usage of free Wi-Fi hotspots. More than a quarter (27%) take the hardline approach of banning their use at all times, while 40% ban their use sometimes. A further 16% plan to introduce a ban on public Wi-Fi hotspots in the future.
Many organizations use virtual private networks (VPN) to provide secure remote access to their data and systems, and the research shows that employee usage of VPNs is slowly increasing. In 2016, the iPass Mobile Security Report revealed that 26% of organizations were fully confident their mobile workers were using a VPN every time they went online, but that figure has jumped to 46% in 2018. However, that still leaves more than half (54%) of respondents reporting they still aren’t fully confident their mobile workers use a VPN every time they go online.
Highlights from the report, categorized by geographic region, include:
- CIOs from
Germany(71%) are the most suspicious that their mobile workers have been hacked or caused a security issue. U.K.enterprises are likely to be the most wary of employees working from cafes/coffee shops, as (81%) have seen Wi-Fi related security incidents occur in such a location. Meanwhile, alarm bells could ring for enterprises from the U.S. when their employees come online in airports, as 68% have seen an incident occur there.
- In the
U.K., almost half (42%) of enterprises have no plans to ban the use of free Wi-Fi hotspots. This is significantly higher compared to the U.S. (9%), Germany(10%), and France(12%). U.K.organizations (38%) were least confident that their mobile workers are using a VPN every time they go online. The figure is higher in Germany(53%), U.S. (49%) and France(41%).
“While putting a blanket ban on accessing public Wi-Fi hotspots could initially appear to stop the security problem at the source, the fact of the matter is that mobile workers will stop at nothing to get themselves online. There’s no point in putting roadblocks in their way without also providing a solution,” added Konka. “Organizations must focus on taking positive action to resolve the security problems mobile workers are bringing to the table. With a secure connection through a VPN, enterprises can have confidence that Wi-Fi hotspot usage will have a positive rather than negative impact on their business. The key for organizations is to educate mobile workers about today’s security threats, and to provide them with the tools to remain productive and secure.”
*The research was carried out by independent market research company
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