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October 8, 2012

Data loss from misplaced mobiles top security threat: report

About 81% of those polled believed that insecure WiFi and rogue access points are already happening

By CBR Staff Writer

Data loss from lost, stolen or decommissioned devices is the top concern in the enterprise environment as more and more number of executives are accessing company data through their personal devices, according a survey by Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Mobile Working Group.

Information-stealing mobile malware, data loss and data leakage through poorly written third-party applications, vulnerabilities within devices, OS, design and third-party applications are some of the other leading concerns found during a survey conducted on 200 enterprises in 26 countries.

Insecure Wifi network or rogue access points, NFC and proximity-based hacking, insufficient management tools, capabilities and access to APIs (includes personas) and insecure or rogue marketplaces are also some of the leading concerns for the enterprise executives.

Cloud Security Alliance Research Analyst John Yeoh said personally owned mobile devices are increasingly being used to access employers’ systems and cloud-hosted data, both via browser-based and native mobile applications.

"This without a doubt is a tremendous concern for enterprises worldwide," Yeoh said.

"The results of this research will play an important role as we set out to develop much needed guidance on where time, talent and money should be placed when it comes to addressing mobile security threats."

During the survey, the respondents also indicated a couple of additional concerns with 64% of them believed that NFC and proximity-based hacking will happen in 2013.

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About 81% of those polled believed that insecure WiFi and rogue access points are already happening now with proliferation of mobile devices increasing reliance on WiFi networks.

The Cloud Security Alliance is a not-for-profit organisation led by a coalition of industry practitioners, corporations, associations and other key stakeholders.

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