Talk about risky business.
Mobile devices are wide open to data security threats, perhaps much more than consumers and companies might have thought.
Skycure, a Palo Alto-based mobile security defense firm, just issued its first ever Mobile Threat Intelligence Report. In it, the company reports that 41% of all mobile devices are at a "medium to high" data security risk level. Furthermore, the rate of high-risk devices is going in the wrong direction, as device security vulnerabilities grow "larger every month," Skycure reports.
Skycure says it measures the security of mobile devices using its own formula, called the Mobile Threat Risk Score, "which takes into account recent threats the device was exposed to, device vulnerabilities and configuration, and user behavior."
Both consumers and companies that issue mobile devices to employees and manager aren't doing a good job of securing those devices, either. The Skycure report states that over 52% of all devices don't have a passcode enabled, and 30% of devices were "running an out of date operating system." Android phones, the report states, are particularly open to data security attacks.
"Threats to mobile devices are real and based on what we're seeing in this report people aren't doing enough to protect themselves," notes Adi Sharabani, CEO of Skycure. "That's why we're bringing invisible mobile threats to the surface, so that enterprises can fight the bad guys on a level playing field."
For consumers, securing their mobile phone data is an ever constant, uphill battle. "Your mobile phone is constantly at risk," says Michael Sorrentino, a veteran television producer and founder of the EyePatch Case, which helps consumers better protect their cell phones. "Whether you want to accept the fact that sophisticated software is becoming more accessible or not, anyone can access almost anything on your phone by guessing your simple password," he says.