Mobile security risks increase

burglarGartner said that while security threats on the mobile landscape haven’t essentially changed, the severity of the consequences has changed.

Dionisio Zumerle, a research director at Gartner, said that smartphones now hold much more sensitive data than before.

Doctors are increasingly using tablets to process patient records and finance brokers exchange sensitive information.

“A device that falls in the wrong hands and does not have adequate protection can be the source of a major data breach,” he said.

Apps are also invasive and often ask permission to use peoples’ contact list and location while in enterprises many use file sharing apps with corporate data and don’t offer “enterprise grade security”.

He said that mobile devices are now subject to many malware attacks, including those that can spread across the enterprise.

IT chiefs need to implement enterprise security policies to the use of smartphones in an organisation.