7 mobile security threats you should take seriously in 2019

Mobile malware? Some mobile security threats are more pressing. Every enterprise should have its eye on these seven issues this year.

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Perhaps most vexing of all, most people seem completely oblivious to their oversights in this area. In the Google and Harris Poll survey, 69 percent of respondents gave themselves an "A" or "B" at effectively protecting their online accounts, despite subsequent answers that indicated otherwise. Clearly, you can't trust a user's own assessment of the matter.

7. Physical device breaches

Last but not least is something that seems especially silly but remains a disturbingly realistic threat: A lost or unattended device can be a major security risk, especially if it doesn't have a strong PIN or password and full data encryption.

Consider the following: In a 2016 Ponemon study, 35 percent of professionals indicated their work devices had no mandated measures in place to secure accessible corporate data. Worse yet, nearly half of those surveyed said they had no password, PIN, or biometric security guarding their devices — and about two-thirds said they didn't use encryption. Sixty-eight percent of respondents indicated they sometimes shared passwords across personal and work accounts accessed via their mobile devices.

The take-home message is simple: Leaving the responsibility in users' hands isn't enough. Don't make assumptions; make policies. You'll thank yourself later.

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