SANS claims first ever survey to assess mobility risk

Rating: The dangers of BOYD will be exposed

On April 12th [2012] SANS Institute will be releasing the results to its first annual survey on mobility security. The organisation is planning to release full results and a link to a copy of the report during a webcast on that date. The survey was actually launched back in December [2011], and claims to be the first ever mobility survey to discover if and how organizations are managing risk around their end user mobile devices. What SANS has already discovered is that only 9 per cent of organisations surveyed felt they were fully aware of the devices accessing corporate resources. Additionally, half felt only vaguely or fairly aware of the mobile devices accessing their resources. In an obvious reference to the developing trend towards BOYD (Bring You Own Device), SANS senior instructor and survey author, Kevin Johnson, commented, “More than 60 per cent of organisations today allow staff to bring their own devices.

With this type of permissiveness, policies and controls are even more important to help secure our environments.”

Deb Radcliff, executive editor, SANS analyst program, added, “Another interesting note (that aligns with what we saw on the vendor side at the RSA Security Conference in March) is that organisations are reaching for everything at their disposal to manage this risk.”

She continued, “Among them are user education, MDM (mobile device management), logging and monitoring, NAC and guest networking, and configuration controls.

Fewer organisations (less than 20 per cent) are using end point security tools, but of those, more are using agent-based tools rather than agent-less.”

To register for the webcast and sign up for a copy of the paper visit here.

The actual webcast takes place on April 12th 2012 at 1pm (Eastern Daylight Time).

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One Response to SANS claims first ever survey to assess mobility risk

  1. deb radcliff says:

    Now for the SECOND SANS Mobility Survey – Deep Dive into Policy and Management!

    Help SANS find out how organizations managing risk and compliance around their mobile/employee owned devices by taking the SANS 2nd survey in its mobility survey series. Take the survey and be entered in a SANS drawing to win one of TWO $200 American Express gift cards! Link:

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