There is no question that mobile devices are mainstream access and productivity tools for most enterprise users. Indeed, in some organizations, smartphones surpass traditional PCs as the preferred way to access back-end corporate applications such as ERP. SFA and CRM. In fact, no major enterprise application vendor offers a PC-only-based solution anymore. Companies like IBM, Oracle, SAP, VMware, Microsoft, Citrix and Salesforce have ported most of their functionality for access with mobile clients. But as much as mobile has become a mainstream productivity tool, it also has a darker side – it’s now become a primary vector for security breaches.
Companies would be better-served to equip all devices (including PCs) with cellular connectivity to avoid a major attack vector and protect against a very costly data breach.
How significant a security threat is mobile? The 2019 Verizon Mobile Security Index showed an increase from 27 percent in 2017 to 33 percent in 2019 in reported mobile incidents. However, it’s highly likely that the number of security incidents is even greater, given the lack of full visibility many organizations have when it comes to security breaches and how they infiltrated into company.