Despite UK and US businesses agreeing that mobile devices pose a significant threat to their business, many admit they have no clear way of identifying 'known' mobile threats that could be attacking their network.

Research by Tenable Network Security found that 93 per cent of UK businesses and 96 per cent of US businesses acknowledged the problem; while 63 per cent of UK firms have a defined written policy around bring your own device (BYOD) which employees followed, only 22 per cent of Americans could say the same.

When it came to mobile security, 60 per cent of UK and 55 per cent of American respondents said it was a priority for 2012; however, 35 per cent of US companies and 22 per cent of British organisations were not controlling mobile device usage on their network at all.

The research was undertaken at RSA Conference 2012 in San Francisco and Infosecurity Europe 2012 in London, with 100 people surveyed at each event.

Ron Gula, CEO and CTO at Tenable Network Security, said: “There seems to be a contradictive disconnect between the perceived mobile threat, and the actions being taken by businesses on both sides of the pond.

“Despite the UK having a slight step up on US firms, with more employees acknowledging the BYOD policies in place, many of the figures remain worrying. Smart devices entering the workplace represent a combination of opportunity and threat; so organisations must understand the bigger picture of where information rests and flows within the network.”