If businesses are not yet concerned with data security on their employees’ mobile devices, they will be soon, according to one industry analyst.
Jeremy Allen, principal consultant with the security-focused consulting organization the Intrepidus Group, said in a recent interview with Windows IT Pro that the rush to adopt mobile devices for enterprise use will generate a major trend toward stronger data protection policies during the next year. As businesses are trusting their employees to access sensitive corporate data through web browsers and applications on their mobile phones, data security will emerge accordingly as a top priority.
"I think in the next year we're going to see a lot of awareness for application privacy. People install dozens of applications and they leak your private data like it's going out of style," Allen told Windows IT Pro.
This need for data security solutions comes as businesses are trusting employees with access to corporate information in an internet security environment that is ripe with threats, according to Allen.
"Ultimately, you're trusting your users to do the right thing, and even with a BlackBerry, a lot of security comes from policy and user awareness that you shouldn't do these bad things,” he said.
These considerations apply to companies that are using smartphones and tablets alike. A survey released by Harris Interactive in March found that 30 percent of smartphone users and 48 percent of tablet users have transferred sensitive information through their mobile devices.
With more access to enterprise information every day, companies face a growing amount of financial risk. As the average cost of enterprise data breach continues to climb in the United States – from $6.8 million in 2009 to $7.2 million last year, according to the Ponemon Institute – companies need to consider security solutions for every avenue through which they transmit corporate data, or pay the price in the long run.