Over 70% of IT and strategic decision makers believe their adoption of mobile technologies represents a significant risk to their organisation, it has been warned.
According to research by BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, just 7% believed mobile technology represented little or no risk. The report noted that, whether through corporate owned or Bring Your Own Device schemes (BYOD), attacks on mobile devices are now becoming increasingly prevalent as companies become ever more reliant on mobile devices in order to enable improved user experience and efficiency.
The new report, Business and the Cyber Threat: The Rise of Digital Criminality, which surveyed more than 500 IT decision makers in the UK, US, Canada and Australia, reveals a greater focus being placed on defending against mobile security threats and, as a result, just over half of businesses surveyed (56%) are confident their organisation understands the risks associated with mobile capabilities.
BAE Systems Applied Intelligence said businesses internationally are also responding to the broader threat presented by cyber attacks with 70% of organisations surveyed highlighting that they have crisis response plans in place, which is in turn fuelling a growing confidence among companies that they’re ready to defend themselves.
Paul Henninger, Global Product Director at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, said: ‘Although mobile attacks are becoming increasingly prevalent, it’s encouraging to see a high level of awareness and concern of the mobile threat at Board level.
‘With a growing number of avenues for criminals to target in an increasingly hyper-connected world, it is more essential than ever that organisations think carefully about the actions they need to take to protect themselves and their customers as effectively as possible.
‘Cyber threats are not the same as the everyday technology problems faced by businesses, so it’s especially important that the threats posed by cyber criminals, and the tactical impact that attacks can have on the business as a whole, are addressed at Board level and not treated as an IT problem alone.’