IT managers are struggling to cope with the security threats posed by mobile workers, according to a report by security vendor BigFix.

The US-focused study shows that nearly a third of IT managers believe mobile workers leave their company network open to malware attacks.

What’s more, 45 per cent were dissatisfied with their security configuration management (SCM) software and believe it is failing to tackle the problem.  

“Clearly, securing the mobile workforce needs to be a top priority for global companies.  There needs to be a shift in the way that IT approaches the problem,” said Amrit Williams, chief technology officer at BigFix.

“Addressing emerging threats requires the ability to continuously enforce policies and manage your endpoints in real time when they’re off the corporate LAN.” 

The figures show that 40 per cent of companies have suffered a malware attack in the past year.

The study questioned 450 IT managers.