|SANS Survey Reveals that Organizations Still Lack Enforceable Policy and Control over Mobile Workers and Are Vulnerable to Exposure|
More than 64 Percent of Mobile Workers Can Access High-Value Data Remotely while One in Three Devices Are Unmanaged
A top data exposure risk was from malware introduced via unmanaged devices (13.6 percent). Loss or theft of corporate devices was also a major concern for 12.6 percent of respondents; only 13 percent of firms with more than 10,000 employees and 7 percent with 500 to 10,000 employees said they encrypt data on their USB devices.
The survey confirms that despite most organizations’ lack of readiness to support a mobile workforce, the number of mobile employees using BYOD is still growing. According to the survey, 32 percent of organizations expect at least 60 percent of their workforce to be mobile in the next 12 months. With the growth of the mobile workforce, it is important for organizations to quickly gain control through the use of managed mobile devices and workspaces. Currently 63 percent of mobile workers use computer hard drives, not a managed secure point of access, to access corporate data. More than half of respondents reported mobile media (USB drives) are unmanaged, and 43 percent do not manage all the desktops used by mobile workers. The vast number of unmanaged devices accessing corporate data heightens data security risks and makes it impossible for IT to fully protect the organization.
With today’s reality of high-profile hacks, it is unsurprising that 84 percent responded that security is of high, extremely high or critical importance for a mobile workforce. The number and different types of BYOD being brought into the workplace make it difficult to easily, quickly and affordably provision them. Nearly half of the respondents cited configuring/reconfiguring laptops, updating existing devices, and dealing with lost, stolen or broken laptops as their primary challenges when managing mobile devices.
“This survey confirms IT's biggest security fear-- all data, including
organizations' high-value data, is still vulnerable. It is encouraging
that the survey shows there is more awareness among security
professionals than ever before,” said
Nearly one-third of respondents admitted to being unaware if their organization has been breached in the last 12 months. With so little insight into their own networks, and with their jobs on the line, it is unsurprising that almost one third of respondents still do not provide access to corporate data through a cloud application or service.
As many organizations struggle to get ahead, 19 percent of respondents are already using or planning to use Windows To Go features in Windows 8.x or higher. Windows To Go allows IT to securely replicate desktop environments on mobile workspaces, thus providing a secure managed alternative for their mobile workforce. IronKey also solves the challenge of separating personal data from corporate data and the fear of corporate invasion of privacy by turning any USB-enabled device into an insulated corporate workspace.
The survey, “Securing Portable Data and Applications for a Mobile
Workforce,” was sponsored by IronKey by
TRAINER COMMUNICATIONS for Imation