1 in 4 Organisations affected by mobile malware in 2011

News Article - Friday, 20 April 2012 12:15

By: Kerry Butters Category: Security

Analysts Goode Intelligence published a new report yesterday that found the incidence of mobile malware has increased significantly within organisations, with a quarter of those asked reporting they had been affected.

The survey asked 130 IT managers and CEOs in a cross section of industries around the world and found that malware has increased from 9% in 2009 to 24% in 2011. Goode also found that 71% of all organisations allow BYOD, but are not really paying attention to the security of the devices.

The study showed that 47% of companies also allow sensitive data to be stored on employee devices, but only 50% of these had any form of security or encryption software installed.

The most popular BYOD were Apple iOS devices, with Blackberry still maintaining its corporate reputation at 70% and Android and Windows devices coming in at 65% and 61% respectively.

Goode, said: "The past three years have been extraordinary for mobile and there are no signs of this abating. Smartphones and tablet computers are having a transformational effect on the way that an organisation does business and manages information.”

"There is a big question over whether information security professionals can keep up with the pace of change currently seen with smart mobile devices (SMD) and can manage the risks associated with them.”

Of course, this past year has seen a huge increase in malware for the Android platform and according to Goode, even more worrying is the monetisation of this kind of malware. Whilst the tech rumour mill has been shouting for a couple of years that ‘this year will be the year of mobile malware', it seems they may be right for 2012.

Goode predicts that this will create a rush for companies to "deploy technology that enables BOYD in a secure manner” and points out that there are plenty of products on the market for this to be carried out easily by organisations.

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