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Survey respondents say companies are lax on mobile security

TechRepublic recently surveyed CIO readers about security and mobile devices. The responses show laptops are considered the major security challenge.

The majority of respondents to an informal TechRepublic survey said their companies do not have a security policy that addresses mobile devices. And a whopping 79 percent said they do not take measures to secure mobile devices.



The CIO community survey, which ran from Oct. 3–10, asked TechRepublic members about security and mobile devices. Nearly 150 answered the nine-question poll. (The statistics derived from this survey are strictly based on the responses and are not scientific.)

Of those who responded to the survey, 98—well over half the respondents—reported that a company-related mobile device had been stolen. Despite that, 73 percent said the company’s security had not been compromised by the theft of a mobile device.

Among those who had experienced a theft, laptops were the primary target.



Top concern: Laptops
It’s not surprising, then, that laptops are considered the biggest security challenge by 46 percent of the respondents. Cell phones with e-mail capability gathered 31 percent of the responses, followed by handhelds at 18 percent and cellular phones at 5 percent.



Several respondents have a good reason to express concern about mobile phones: 10 percent said their company had experienced a security breach because of a mobile phone.



When asked whether the company supported e-mail retrieval via cell phone or PDA, 66 percent said no, but 34 percent said yes.



Respondents were also asked whether the company provided encryption or access control software for PDAs; the majority said no, but 14 percent said they did. The survey then asked whether the company provided support for employee-owned handheld devices; 62 percent said no, and 38 percent said yes.


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