Mobile Device Vulnerability Management a Top Concern

A new study by Tenable Network Security revealed that mobile device vulnerability management is a top concern for security professionals for the next 12 to 15 months. Nearly 70 percent of attendees surveyed at the RSA Conference 2012 said mobile device vulnerability management is 'very important' when compared to other security initiatives. Mobile device vulnerability management may be a top concern among security professionals, but can they identify known mobile device vulnerabilities?

According to the same study, 68 percent of the respondents said they currently have no way of identifying known mobile device vulnerabilities that could affect their network. To overcome challenges presented by mobile device management, security professionals can identify vulnerabilities by performing regular scans, as well as monitoring the information that goes in and out of their networks.

Another 67 percent of respondents reported that they have no controls in place for mobile device usage on their network, which in return puts further stress on security professionals. Plus, they all expect their businesses to increase their mobile device usage in 2012. So it's a good thing that they have budgets to secure these devices. But how much do they plan to spend?

Nearly 44 percent of participants surveyed said their company planned to invest $50,000 to $100,000 in mobile device security over the next 12 to 15 months, while another 33 percent said their organization will invest $15,000 to $50,000.

Do your customers have security protections from mobile device vulnerabilities in place for their networks? What are their budgets?

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