Smartphones represent the greatest IT security risk to business: Good Mobility Index

Brian Karlovsky

Smartphones represent the greatest IT security risk to business, followed by the increase in the risk associated with third party applications.

That's according to the Q1 2014 Good Moblity Index report, which tracks activations across the breadth of mobile platforms and devices, and leverages findings from the more than 5,000 Good customers worldwide to highlight global mobility trends and usage patterns.

Organisations cited security as their top concern in 2014.

However this has not stopped the rise of mobility as the corresponding increase in productivity is too great to forgo for most companies.

The report found a significant increase in activation of more complex secure enterprise apps, most notably secure browsing.

It also shows that the organisations were taking steps to mitigate security risks by leveraging secure mobile enterprise apps.

Good Technology, vice president of product marketing, John Dasher, said the world was at a point where you could do certain things faster on a mobile device than on a desktop.

Dasher also underscored the importance of channel partners following Good Technology's recent agreement with Tech Data.

"We are really excited the relationship with Tech Data," he said.

"Working with channel partners is the only way to scale and we are making investments in our own products to leverage those partnerships.

"We want a partner that understands that security is a critical component to any solution."

Overall, secure enterprise app activations continued to grow at 57 percent quarter over quarter, up from 54 percent and 43 percent growth from the last two quarters respectively.

This is not surprising given recent data from the 2014 State of Endpoint Risk report published by The Ponemon Institute which highlights that within the IT environment, mobility and third party applications pose the greatest security risks.

In a survey of IT and IT security practitioners with involvement in endpoint security, 75 percent of respondents noted mobile devices such as smart phones represent the greatest risk of potential IT security risk, followed by the increase in the risk associated with third party applications.

According to a company statement, the number of secure browsing app activations across Good's customer base skyrocketed this quarter by 2900 percent, boosting it to the fifth most-activated app category, despite not making the top 10 in previous quarters.

With the introduction of new secure browsing apps such as Good Access into the Good-secured ecosystem, organisations were taking full advantage of the ability to securely and seamlessly provide VPN-less access to their enterprise data.

Organisations also continue to invest in secure custom app development to mobilise business processes and drive efficiencies

Custom app activations grew 77 percent quarter over quarter, a significant jump in the 55 percent growth reported in Q4 2013.

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