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SOTI survey finds acute security disconnect exists between IT, users

May 19, 2015  

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According to new data from a global snapshot survey from Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) vendor SOTI Inc., more than 60% of enterprises have experienced a data breach or loss of data. Employees surveyed in the study admit to engaging in mobile device usage behaviors that puts their business’ data at risk.

In addition, an estimated 73% of consumers accessed corporate data from a free or public Wi-Fi connection; nearly 65% of consumers forwarded a work document or file to personal email address; and nearly 65% used consumer cloud storage such as DropBox, Google Drive or SkyDrive for work files.

SOTI said results showcase the disconnect between a business’ best efforts to protect its data and the common mobile workforce behaviors that post a significant risk to the company.

The company polled IT and security experts separately from consumers to gauge the actions and attitude toward corporate security and data protection.  Highlights from the snapshot include:

* Almost one-third of IT professionals reported that accidental data exposure is the top security threat compared to only 16% for phishing, outside hackers and government spying.

* Nearly 68% of respondents receive a mobile device from their company. However, nearly 78% of those employees still use a personal device to access corporate work data.

* 60% of enterprises have actively prevented a data breach, but less than 50% have a mobility strategy.

“Ignorance is not a strategy,” said SOTI CEO Carl Rodrigues. “IT and employees need to work together to forge secure mobile device usage practices regardless of who owns the device.

“With the number of connected devices that will increasingly link to corporate networks, IT needs to proactively build their arsenal of defenses to protect from the new frontier of enterprise threats. Part of that arsenal needs to be an understanding of how employees actually utilize their mobile devices and the behaviors they actually engage in that put the business, the network, and corporate data and apps at risk.

“Being proactive about this now will reduce IT strife in future and allow the business to reap the transformative and financial benefits of mobility and a connected workforce, without the looming threats.”

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