Enterprise mobile security not fully realised, argues BlackBerry – but with a twist


New research unveiled by BlackBerry has found that while a majority of organisations have a mobile security strategy in place, only a small proportion enforce it to the fullest extent. The reason: employees find such strategies too cumbersome and frustrating.

The research, conducted by Vanson Bourne and polling 1000 IT decision makers at businesses with 100 to 1000 workers across four continents, saw 82% of respondents admit mobile security precautions caused at least some frustration among employees. 86% said they were worried about the lack of protection at their company, with half believing they will experience more issues with mobile devices; yet 44% of those polled argued that too much mobile security will hinder employees from doing their jobs.

Where to turn from here? BlackBerry argues, rightly, that a critical aspect to any BYOD, or COPE (corporate owned, personally enabled) rollout is ensuring personal and business data is separated and isolated. Yet almost 45% of respondents say they do not have any containerisation technology in place.

The research also found that, within particular industries, the problem was clearly defined. More than half of legal (54%) and government (52%) respondents believed their mobile device security strategy was not good enough, while more than half of financial services (55%), legal (53%), and healthcare (50%) professionals polled believe their BYOD strategies leave their companies vulnerable to too many risks.

“The frequency and severity of malicious attacks have made mobile security the centre of attention for CEOs and boards of directors, but doing enough to mitigate risk is still a persistent problem that needs to be solved,” said David Kliedermacher, BlackBerry chief security officer.

“We have also heard many of our customers say that security policies can be perceived as a hindrance; however, senior executives in every function, and even in the boardroom, need to forcefully communicate that effective mobile security enhances productivity instead of obstructing it,” he added.

The research was released at BlackBerry’s security summit, and the Canadian giant did not waste time in issuing a plethora of related news releases. The company announced its enterprise mobility management (EMM) product, BES 12, and the BlackBerry 10 OS, had received latest approval from the US Department of Defense, as well as a partnership with mobile app integration provider AppDome for codeless integration.

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25 Jul 2016, 10:39 a.m.

Hi James,

Nice article, I couldn't agree more with what you outlined, particularly in relation to the comments on only a small number of organisations using mobile technology to its full potential.

I'm the content marketing manager at Fliplet and we are an enterprise app creation and development solution that enables organisations to streamline their business processes and improve communications. Businesses can create and publish their apps in a matter of hours.

I've attached an article of ours which I felt was relevant (http://fliplet.com/blog/9-solutions-byod-security-risks-that-affect-your-company/) Hopefully, it adds some value to your understanding of enterprise mobility.

Have a great week,