Study: Poor security on mobile devices exposes massive business risk

Businesses are failing to respond to the growing trend of employees using their own mobile devices for work and are opening up their systems to security risks, according new research by PricewaterhouseCoopers and InfoSecurity Europe. The study found that 82 per cent of large organisations reported security breaches caused by staff, including 47 per cent who lost or leaked confidential information. Further only 39 per cent of large organisations encrypt data downloaded to smart phones and tablets. Additionally, 54 percent of small businesses and 38 percent of large organisations don't have a security awareness programme, the study found. Of note, the study found that organisations that allow personally owned devices tend to have weaker controls than those that allow corporate devices only. Release