14% companies have mobile device security policy for corporate networks: Kaspersky

About 14 percent of companies have a fully developed mobile device security policy for their corporate networks, said Kaspersky Lab.

Meanwhile, the number of IT security incidents involving cell phones and tablets is on the rise.

Most companies have no plans to limit the use of personal mobile devices for work-related purposes.

6 percent of respondents to B2B International’s survey identified mobile devices as the source of at least one confidential data leakage over the past 12 months and while this may be a 1 percent increase on 2012 figures, mobile devices caused more critical data leakages than either phishing attacks (5 percent of companies), employee fraud (4 percent), or corporate espionage (3 percent).

Nearly 65 percent of survey participants admitted that the Bring Your Own Device environment (or BYOD – where employees use their personal mobile devices for work) is a growing threat to the security of corporate IT infrastructures.

64 percent of companies do not have plans to impose any prohibitive policies on mobile devices, and about half the companies surveyed believe restrictive measures would be useless.

Mobile security

The use of IT security policies—internal corporate rules governing their use— for mobile devices, could greatly reduce the business risks associated with smartphones and tablets.

A well-developed mobile device security policy tends to be the exception rather than the rule. Roughly 41 percent of survey participants reported that their companies do have a policy, but not one that is fully developed, 32 percent of respondents planned to roll out a mobile device security policy in the future, and 13 percent said that they have no policy in place, and no plans to develop one.

48 percent of those who reported having a mobile device security policy in place said that insufficient funds had been allocated for this, with another 16 percent stating that no additional funds had been allocated at all.

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