Thursday, December 19, 2013

Mobile Devices Will Pose The Biggest Risk In 2014, Survey Says

IT professionals are troubled by the risk of data leakage associated with employee smartphones and are focusing on bolstering endpoint security, according to a new study.

Mobile devices will pose the biggest threat in 2014, according to a survey of 676 IT and IT security professionals conducted recently by the Ponemon Institute. About three-quarters of those surveyed cited the risk posed by mobile devices as their biggest concern, up from just 9 percent in 2010.

Meanwhile, targeted attacks, designed with custom malware that can maintain a lengthy presence on corporate systems, is close behind as a troubling trend, the survey found. About 40 percent of those surveyed said their firm was the victim of a targeted attack in the past year, according to the survey, which was commissioned by vulnerability management vendor Lumension Security. (more)