Verizon finds organisations increasingly sacrificing security to ‘get the job done’

Have you ever been working on a project and, knowing it was a choice between ensuring security and getting to deadline, been forced to go with the latter? If you have, according to a new report, you have plenty of company.

The latest Verizon Mobile Security Index, published earlier this month, found almost half (48%) of the more than 600 survey respondents had sacrificed the security aspect of their work in order to ‘get the job done.’ This was a number which had risen from 32% in last year’s report.

The overall numbers when it came to security awareness and understanding, particularly on the mobile side, remained a worry. More than four in five (83%) of those polled said their organisation was at risk of mobile threats, with 29% saying it was ‘significant’. A full two-thirds (67%) of respondents said the security of mobile caused them more concern than other devices, while 85% believed their organisation needed to take mobile security more seriously.

The research also explored the difficulties associated with being hit by attacks. 43% of those polled said remediating the effects of a mobile-related compromise was ‘difficult and expensive’, while for almost two thirds (62%) of those polled, mobile attacks they had received were seen as ‘major.’

Writing for this publication earlier this week, Dustin Hillard, CTO at eSentire, explained how to keep up with the Joneses in security – mobile or otherwise – the human touch just wasn’t enough. “Network operations have become automated, but so have cyber threats,” he wrote. “The speed and scale of these threats requires a response that has exceeded analysts’ ability.

“It’s a question of designing a suitable technology partner to compensate for human error and resource limitations within security strategies,” Hillard added. “It’s a matter of how chief information officers can leverage new, advanced technologies to match the scale and complexity of the evolving threat landscape.”

“Companies are increasingly reliant on mobility as the backbone of their business operations so there needs to be a priority on securing those devices,” said TJ Fox, Verizon SVP and president of its business markets division. “The applications on these devices now manage things like supply chain systems, point of sale systems, or customer-facing apps.

“The lack of robust security measures could potentially expose corporate assets, and possibly customer data, to malicious actors,” Fox added.

You can read the full report here (pdf).

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