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Security worries puts off corporate mobile investment

According to a Symantec-sponsored Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) survey, more than 60% of IT directors are delaying mobile initiatives over security fears.

“Security is the one particular issue that continues to impede the widespread adoption of mobile computing in the workplace and if it continues to be overlooked, there is a danger that some businesses will miss the advantages mobility can bring to their workforces,” says Gareth Lofthouse, director of custom research at EIU.

Almost one in five businesses says they’ve suffered financial loss due to attacks through mobile devices. But lax management rather than an inherent weakness in mobile devices lies behind these losses. Only 9% of the 240 global executives interviewed have a comprehensive security strategy that includes mobile devices and a worrying 10% have no mobile security policy at all.

Similarly, although 82% of businesses say that chances of virus attack will be greater on a mobile rather than fixed network, only 26% have actually analysed the security risks of smart phones.


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