Mobile security report released

A new report reveals the next generation mobile security, which is focused on users; agile multi-factor authentication; mobile Single-Sign-On (SSO); data protection and a simplified unified approach.

Ilex International and Goode Intelligence have launched a report on ‘The Future of Mobile Security’. The report explores how mobility has become the new norm for computing and questions why the enterprise is not fully embracing the capabilities of always-on, always-connected devices as a result of inadequate security tools.

While the number of smart mobile devices (SMDs) managed in the enterprise increased by 72% from 2014 to 2015, Goode Intelligence reveals a large number of organisations are still hesitant and not fully embracing mobile technology. The report highlights that outside of email and calendar applications, there are relatively few examples of enterprise mobile apps. This is especially the case for organisations that are regulated, financial services, healthcare, government and energy.

Enterprises reluctant to embrace mobile

“Unlike the consumer space, where mobile dominates, the enterprise has been slow in replacing desktop-based programs and web applications for managing day-to-day business functions,” said Alan Goode, Managing Director, Goode Intelligence. “We’ve discovered a number of reasons why enterprises are reluctant to launch mobile services to employees. A mixture of technology constraints, security concerns, compliance to regulation and privacy law can have an impact on restricting mobile enterprise services.”

The report outlines the five key characteristics of next generation mobile security solutions:

  1. Focus on users: The user needs to be at the centre of design and user experience has to be a key focus.
  2. Agile multi-factor authentication (MFA): Strong MFA must be integrated into any solution and able to support a number of authentication methods to meet user choice and enterprise security.
  3. Mobile Single-Sign-On (SSO): Support for mobile Single-Sign-On (SSO) is essential for a modern enterprise mobile security solution in streamlining access to multiple services from a mobile device.
  4. Protect data: Security policies usually enforce the protection of data both when stored and in transit and mobile should be no different.
  5. Simplified unified security: Convenience and security needs both need to be met, so that organisations don’t need to integrate various security tools from multiple vendors.

Security paramount when working in mobile

“There is no doubt that mobile is the most widely used technology across the world,” said Thierry Bettini, Director of International Strategy at Ilex International. “Organisations need to be mindful of the user experience when it comes to mobility but not at the detriment of security. By clarifying the possible risks of mobile and establishing what solutions need to be in place, organisations can be sure their data and that of their employees will remain safe.”


Edited from press release by Cecilia Rehn.