More than 64 Percent of Mobile Workers Can Access High-Value Data
Remotely while One in Three Devices Are Unmanaged
OAKDALE, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 14, 2015--
Corp. (NYSE:IMN), a global data storage and information security
company, today announced the results of a survey of 330 IT and security
professionals conducted by SANS. The goal of the survey was to better
understand the challenges of securing today’s mobile workforce and
managing mobile workspaces. More than 64 percent of survey respondents
said a majority of their mobile workforce can access their
organizations’ secure data remotely, yet less than 25 percent said
sufficient policies/controls are in place for mobile media (i.e., USB
drives). An additional 25 percent admitted to having no controls (no
policy or technical controls enforced by centralized management) in
place. The unmanaged personal computers, laptops, smartphones and
tablets that make up almost one-third of the mobile
bring-your-own-devices (BYOD) used to access corporate data, combined
with lack of controls, leave organizations vulnerable to data exposure.
A top data exposure risk was from malware introduced via unmanaged
devices (13.6 percent). Loss or theft of corporate devices was also a
major concern for 12.6 percent of respondents; only 13 percent of firms
with more than 10,000 employees and 7 percent with 500 to 10,000
employees said they encrypt data on their USB devices.
The survey confirms that despite most organizations’ lack of readiness
to support a mobile workforce, the number of mobile employees using BYOD
is still growing. According to the survey, 32 percent of organizations
expect at least 60 percent of their workforce to be mobile in the next
12 months. With the growth of the mobile workforce, it is important for
organizations to quickly gain control through the use of managed mobile
devices and workspaces. Currently 63 percent of mobile workers use
computer hard drives, not a managed secure point of access, to access
corporate data. More than half of respondents reported mobile media (USB
drives) are unmanaged, and 43 percent do not manage all the desktops
used by mobile workers. The vast number of unmanaged devices accessing
corporate data heightens data security risks and makes it impossible for
IT to fully protect the organization.
With today’s reality of high-profile hacks, it is unsurprising that 84
percent responded that security is of high, extremely high or critical
importance for a mobile workforce. The number and different types of
BYOD being brought into the workplace make it difficult to easily,
quickly and affordably provision them. Nearly half of the respondents
cited configuring/reconfiguring laptops, updating existing devices, and
dealing with lost, stolen or broken laptops as their primary challenges
when managing mobile devices.
“This survey confirms IT's biggest security fear-- all data, including
organizations' high-value data, is still vulnerable. It is encouraging
that the survey shows there is more awareness among security
professionals than ever before,” said Barbara Nelson, general manager
and vice president of Imation Mobile Security (IronKey™). “With the
alarming amount of unmanaged mobile devices and workspaces accessing
corporate data, IT security professionals have identified mobile
security as a priority. The good news is that today there are
technologies, such as Windows To Go, that can help solve the challenges
of the mobile workforce.”
Nearly one-third of respondents admitted to being unaware if their
organization has been breached in the last 12 months. With so little
insight into their own networks, and with their jobs on the line, it is
unsurprising that almost one third of respondents still do not provide
access to corporate data through a cloud application or service.
As many organizations struggle to get ahead, 19 percent of respondents
are already using or planning to use Windows
To Go features in Windows 8.x or higher. Windows To Go allows IT to
securely replicate desktop environments on mobile workspaces, thus
providing a secure managed alternative for their mobile workforce.
IronKey also solves the challenge of separating personal data from
corporate data and the fear of corporate invasion of privacy by turning
any USB-enabled device into an insulated corporate workspace.
The survey, “Securing Portable Data and Applications for a Mobile
Workforce,” was sponsored by IronKey by Imation and conducted by the
SANS Institute between January 2015 and April 2015. 330 IT security
professionals representing a broad spectrum of industries, including the
technology, government, financial, education and healthcare sectors, as
well as organizations of all sizes, completed the questionnaire on their
insider-threat awareness and posture.
To learn more about the results of the survey and the implications,
please register here,
and join SANS and IronKey for their joint webinar on May 21.
For the full SANS Institute report, download here.
For an Infographic highlighting key data points from the survey, view here.
To hear customer testimonials about the challenges of managing their
mobile workers, watch the Mobile Workspace Security video here.
About Imation Corp.
Imation is a global data storage and
information security company. Our products and solutions help
organizations and individuals store, manage and protect their digital
content. Imation’s storage and security portfolio includes Nexsan™
high-density, archive and solid-state optimized unified hybrid storage
solutions; IronKey mobile security solutions that address the
needs of professionals for secure data transport and mobile workspaces;
and consumer storage solutions, audio products and accessories sold
under the Imation™, Memorex™ and TDK Life on Record brands. Imation
reaches customers in more than 100 countries through a powerful global
distribution network. For more information, visit www.imation.com.
Imation, the Imation logo, IronKey, the IronKey logo, PC on a Stick™,
Nexsan and Memorex are trademarks of Imation Corp. and its subsidiaries.
TDK Life on Record is used under a trademark license from TDK
Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective
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