Information Security, a popular IT security community on LinkedIn composed of cyber security leaders from around the world, recently published a 2016 member survey report on enterprise BYOD and mobile security. Overall, results show that while enterprises recognize that the BYOD trend is a necessary modern workplace advantage, enterprises are often stumped about how to improve their mobile security without infringing on BYOD user privacy or disrupting BYOD user productivity and satisfaction. All too often, IT and security teams allow their organizations’ BYOD programs to run freely without sufficient cyber security in the name of not standing in the way of BYOD user enablement. Consider: 61% of respondents want their BYOD programs to improve employee mobility and 56% want to increase employee satisfaction.
Only 30% of organizations in the survey plan to increase their security budgets for BYOD over the next twelve months—in spite of respondents admitting the following top four concerns about their BYOD programs:
- 72% Data Leakage or Loss
- 56% Unauthorized Access to Company Data and Systems
- 54% Users Will Download Unsafe Apps or Content
- 52% Malware
How to explain this apparent disconnect? Perhaps, respondents believe that their existing traditional cyber security infrastructure can ease their BYOD concerns—or equally disconcerting, enterprise leaders may believe that we have reached a “new normal” in that data breaches via BYOD have become a part of modern corporate life. At Skycure, not only do we reject such a “new normal,” we know how to protect BYOD programs for any organization. We invite you to read the free report and learn how Skycure uniquely protects BYOD programs with a smarter, faster approach to enterprise mobile security.
Key Insights from the “BYOD and Mobile Security” Spotlight Report
BYOD and Wi-Fi Vulnerabilities
Alarmingly, 24% of organizations confirmed that they know that their workforce’s BYOD and CYOD devices have been exposed to malicious Wi-Fi networks. Of greater concern, 48% of organizations do not know whether their BYOD and CYOD users’ devices have been exposed to malicious Wi-Fi networks. These results beg a vital question of modern cyber security: How should the BYOD, CYOD and COPE trends redefine “corporate responsibility” as we learn more about BYOD, CYOD and COPE vulnerabilities– that is, can organizations continue to stay blind to Wi-Fi threats and vulnerabilities to their BYOD, CYOD and COPE users?
- Nearly 1 in 5 (21%) organizations experienced a data breach via BYOD or CYOD device
Top Mobile Security Requirements
When asked about their biggest pain points for BYOD mobile security, respondents replied:
- 42% PROTECTION (Need a solution that not only detects threats but also remediates them based on corporate policies.
- 33% INTEGRATION (Need a mobile security solution that integrates with existing platforms: network (e.g., SIEM), endpoint (e.g., MDM or EMM), or ITSM (e.g., System Center.)
- 15% VISIBILITY (Need to see all affected devices and the types of threats.)
Skycure: Protection, integration and visibility pain points can best be solved by ensuring 100% adoption by BYOD users at all times. End users trust running Skycure always-on 24/7 because Skycure doesn’t infringe on privacy or disrupt user experience. In fact, the iOS and Android Skycure apps are public apps, meaning that they must follow the strict guidelines of iOS and Android app stores for user satisfaction and user-privacy compliance.
With the advantage of 100% BYOD adoption, organizations can ensure that their EMM and MDM systems are effectively protecting sensitive data 24/7. In fact, Skycure commonly integrates with existing cyber security investments such as AirWatch, MobileIron and Citrix. Additionally, with 84% of organizations enabling BYOD email/calendar/contacts, Skycure integrates with Microsoft Exchange/Office 365 and other email systems to enforce Skycure’s always-on compliance: users not running Skycure cannot access corporate email, calendar or contacts.
BYOD Workplace Productivity
Employee Privacy (29%) was the most cited challenge of implementing MAM (Mobile Application Management) with BYOD users. Another 22% reported that employees don’t like the required mail and file share apps required by corporate MAM solutions. The conflict between corporate requirements for MAM (and MTM or Mobile Threat Management) again boils down to problems with achieving 100% BYOD user adoption. While 80% of organizations need MTM to log, monitor and report, with another 79% requiring malware protection and 71% requiring vulnerability exploit defense, the 100% BYOD adoption challenge has never been more clearly defined: most BYOD users simply will not allow enterprise mobile security to deliver the top requirements of MAM and MTM.
Skycure: Whether an organization’s BYOD users are employees, contractors, customers or others, Skycure is unique for ensuring 100% BYOD adoption across all users. By focusing from Day 1 on 100%-BYOD- adoption as the key to unlocking true always-on BYOD mobile security, Skycure can do what containerization, app wrapping and other “non-context- aware” approaches cannot do: intelligently adapt mobile security thresholds according to real-time risk context. BYOD users, like any modern smart device user, trust apps, including mobile security apps that adapt to context. If malware is detected, Skycure customers trust Skycure, for example, to automatically activate VPN tunneling in order to securely access certain corporate assets without interrupting collaboration or productivity during Skycure’s automatic remediation of the malware.
FREE Enterprise Risk Assessment
We invite you to read through the entire 2016 Spotlight Report—and contact Skycure for a free enterprise risk assessment. See why Fortune 500 companies such as New York Life turn to Skycure for smarter BYOD mobile security with 100% adoption.