Feeds

Mobile malware fears delay smartphone rollouts

Fear.com

The essential guide to IT transformation

Fears about mobile viruses have been cited by many firms as a reason for not giving workers advanced handsets, despite the continuing rarity of mobile malware.

Three in five corporations (60 per cent) polled in a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit said concerns about virus infection have held back employee smartphone rollouts.

Around 47 per cent of respondents mentioned cost and complexity as a major obstacle to deployment. Four in five (82 per cent) said mobile networks are at least as much at risk from attack as fixed line networks, despite the fact that malware and the creation of compromised systems that goes with it remain almost exclusively the preserve of PCs and servers connected to fixed line networks.

Corporate concern is based more on scare stories than hard facts, it would seem. Only a quarter of firms quizzed by the Economist Intelligence Unit had actually assessed the possible security risk of issuing staff with smartphones.

Only one in ten firms (10 per cent) had a security architecture that incorporates access by mobile device. Many firms granted mobile access to corporate systems on an ad-hoc basis. The survey of 240 corporate executives worldwide was sponsored by security firm Symantec. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
EE fails to apologise for HUGE T-Mobile outage that hit Brits on Friday
Customer: 'Please change your name to occasionally somewhere'
Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline
A rude awakening: North Americans greeted with outage drama
We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie
EC moves to shift status quo at Internet Governance Forum
BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes
Poor punters won't be affected, telecoms giant claims
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.