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2014 Mobile Security Survey

Tech Center: Web Security Services

Can IT Wrest Control?

It's not that smartphone and tablet hardware is disposable, exactly. But it's not nearly as important to the 371 business technology professionals responding to our 2014 InformationWeek Mobile Security Survey as the data in device memory. 

Securing company data residing on mobile devices is rated very important by 68%, 21 points ahead of securing devices themselves using antivirus/anti-malware or MDM client software, and 72% say their top mobile security concern is data loss due to lost or stolen devices. Other data points from our survey:

>> 50% allow all corporate-owned devices to access social media sites and use related apps; 31% limit that access to certain departments. Just 19% ban it completely.
>> 46% feel only moderately confident that their mobile security controls are effective at protecting data.
>> 40% worry about users forwarding corporate data to cloud-based storage services.

Respondent breakdown: Respondents screened in by indicating involvement with mobile device management, policy development, and/or security at their organizations. Forty-one percent have 5,000 or more employees; 28% are over 10,000. Government, financial services, and healthcare are well-represented, and 36% are IT director/manager or IT executive management (C-level/VP) level. (R7850714)

Survey Name InformationWeek 2014 Mobile Security Survey
Survey Date March 2014
Region North America
Number of Respondents 371
Purpose To examine mobile security technology trends and strategies
Methodology InformationWeek surveyed business technology decision-makers involved with mobile device management, policy development, and/or security at North American companies. The survey was conducted online, and respondents were recruited via an email invitation containing an embedded link to the survey. The email invitation was sent to qualified InformationWeek subscribers.

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