A flash poll conducted at Infosecurity Europe by Centrify Corporation found that 94 percent of IT security professionals use third party applications on their mobile devices for work, with 82 percent using up to 10 apps.
Applications are now at the heart of corporate IT and have become vital to employees, both in the office and on the move. Removing access to applications isn't an option, but the risk for organisations is that they create islands of identity, and are therefore harder for IT to track and manage says Darren Gross, EMEA Director at Centrify.
The poll also revealed that of the 169 people surveyed, seven percent of security professionals do not believe it is their responsibility to protect corporate information held on their personal device. Surprisingly, despite repeated warnings about the risks posed by WiFi networks, 52 percent of respondents said that they have accessed sensitive corporate information over unsecure networks at locations such as a coffee shop or airport.
Gross concluded, “As the poll shows, the majority of employees are now leveraging more and more applications on their mobile devices. Identity and access can often be overlooked, but unless enterprises can find a unified way to securely identify individuals, they risk their business coming to a shuddering halt.”