RELEASE: Enterprise mobile device usage up 8.2%
Network Chemistry Wireless Threat Index Reveals Increased Risks to Corporate Data New Data from Thousands of Laptops and Over one million Connections, Warns that Widespread Use of Unsecured Devices Threatens Confidential Assets REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Dec. 5, 2006 ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œ Network Chemistry Inc., the wireless security experts, today announced the latest Network Chemistry Wireless Threat IndexÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ report, the only ongoing index to track and reveal trends that help enterprises and government organizations protect themselves from emerging wireless threats. The index analyzed over one million network connections across a wide range of devices, revealing that mobile device usage is on the rise, and dangerous end-user connectivity continues to increase the potential risk to organizations. Wireless networks and mobile devices provide great potential for increased productivity, but they also create a new level of security risks. Wireless attacks and employee misuse threaten confidential corporate data and assets, both inside and outside an organizationÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s facilities. The Wireless Threat Index was established to monitor these threats and assess the ongoing risk. The wireless network has the same challenges as the fixed, wired network, and organizations must have a pre-emptive plan of action to prevent wireless attacks and policy violations that can compromise their data privacy and regulatory compliance. Security managers need to plan for, monitor and mitigate potential wireless threats as well as react quickly when a breach occurs. Key comparisons with the previous report that was published in May 2006 show that: ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Wireless usage increased by 8.2 percent ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Potential VPN policy violations increased by 11.8 percent ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Attempts to create ad-hoc networks increased by 9.5 percent ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Connections to unknown APs increased by 8 percent ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“The continued growth in wireless device usage as reflected in this report only increases the potential for wireless attacks and employee misuse,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â said Dr. Chris Waters, CTO of Network Chemistry. ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“Network ChemistryÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s Wireless Threat Index continues to provide IT and security personnel with information that enables them to better understand and track emerging wireless threats, putting them in a position to mitigate any potential risks.ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The data compiled for the Wireless Threat Index analysis was gathered from thousands of laptops running the RFprotectTM Endpoint product and the connections made in offices, on the road and in homes. The index consists of several components listed below: ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Risk Profile: Describes significant wireless-related threats such as ad-hoc connections, unknown access points (APs), VPN violations and lack of firewall protection that organizations and their endpoints face ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Connection Methods: Covers the different interface types used when endpoints make a network connection ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· Known vs. Unknown Connections: Describes the percentage of connections to authorized vs. unknown networks The data continues to highlight the fact that mobile devices are a serious security risk to organizations threatening their assets, data and ability to comply with industry and regulatory mandates. The reports can help organizations evaluate where they are at greatest risk, promote best security practices and prioritize investment in wireless security solutions. Availability The current Wireless Threat Index report is now available. 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