Samsung have announced that they believe British firms are not taking mobile security serious enough. This declaration comes from the Research firm of Samsung UK whose study shows that many businesses are striving to encourage employees to work from the office or remotely, with 75% of companies confirming that mobile devices are connection to their network.
However, as mobile and flexible working increases, so does the number of security breaches. These mobile security issues are leaving many corporations open and vulnerable to unnecessary risk with over 10% of businesses incurring costs of more than £25,000 due to security incidents in the last year.
Samsung’s findings highlighted the following points:
- Security breaches are increasingly common place – roughly one in two companies (47%) have had a company handset lost or stolen over the last 12 months; almost 10% have had over 200 handsets lost or stolen
- These breaches are having a real impact – a quarter of businesses (25%) have incurred costs of more than £15,000 over the last year following mobile security incidents; over 10% have incurred costs of more than £25,000
- Mobile security is not taken seriously – Almost a third (30%) of CTOs do not know how many mobile handsets were lost or stolen last year; over a third (34%) do not know how many mobile security incidents in general their business suffered last year
- Mobile is a growing trend for enterprise as they strive to encourage employees to work effectively and efficiently – almost 20% of businesses report that up to five times as many devices connect to their corporate network compared with two years ago
- Supporting flexible working is priority over mobile security – Less than 10% of chief technology officers believe improving mobile security is more important than facilitating flexible working and improving software
The research was taken from the responses of 180 IT managers and Chief Technology Officers at medium to large sized corporations across a range of business sectors.