Majority of Mobile Users Access Corporate Assets from Personal Devices and Public Networks; Only One-third Connect via VPN
CUPERTINO, Calif. — October 1, 2015 — Bromium®, Inc., the pioneer of threat isolation to prevent data breaches, today announced the results of “CTIA Super Mobility — Understanding Mobility and Risk,” a survey of mobile users who attended the CTIA Super Mobility 2015 conference, focused on public network access patterns. The research reveals that the majority of mobile users access corporate assets through public networks, despite being aware of their security risk.
“There are multiple risks associated with connecting to public networks, including man-in-the-middle attacks, honey pots and even advanced persistent threats, such as DarkHotel,” said Clinton Karr, senior security strategist, Bromium. “It should be concerning to information security professionals tasked with protecting their corporate assets that their users will connect to potentially unsecure public networks, while neglecting their security risk.”
Key findings from Bromium’s “CTIA Super Mobility — Understanding Mobility and Risk” include:
- Mobile Users Access Public Networks Despite Awareness of Risk: More than 80 percent of survey respondents have accessed public networks from a corporate laptop at a hotel or convention center, and more than 60 percent have done the same at an airport, coffee shop or restaurant; however, these same respondents also selected hotels, convention centers, airports and coffee shops as the public networks with the most security risk.
- Mobile Users Access Corporate Assets from Personal Devices and Public Networks: Eighty-six percent of survey respondents have accessed their corporate network, corporate files or corporate email account from their personal devices. Sixty-four percent of survey respondents have accessed their corporate network, corporate files or corporate email account from a public network.
- Mobile Users Take Inadequate Precautions Connecting to Public Networks: Only one-in-three mobile users (37 percent) connect via VPN, and 14 percent take no precautions at all.
Read more about “CTIA Super Mobility — Understanding Mobility and Risk” at http://blogs.bromium.com/?p=1423
About Bromium, Inc.
Bromium is re-inventing enterprise security with its powerful new technology, micro-virtualization, which was designed to protect businesses from advanced malware by design, while simultaneously empowering users and delivering real-time threat intelligence to IT. Unlike traditional security methods, which rely on complex and ineffective detection techniques, Bromium protects against malware from the Web, email or USB devices, by automatically isolating each user-task at the endpoint in a hardware-isolated micro-VM, preventing theft or damage to any enterprise resource. Bromium’s technological innovations have earned the company numerous industry awards. Bromium counts a rapidly growing set of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies as customers.
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