With the New Year being here, it’s time to start focusing in on how you can increase your security for 2016. Your mobile devices and cloud hosting are going to be vulnerable without the proper security in place and this is a great time of year to learn what challenges you could face if you’re not prepared.
This year is expecting to bring about several new threats when it comes to mobile devices and cloud security and it turns out that studies through cloud-based apps show that the general public doesn’t seem to be concerned or prepared for possible threats, especially in the cloud, while these are the biggest threats to IT security.
In addition, cloud tech and mobile devices are growing in popularity and being acquired left and right without much concern to their security. Take a look at the facts for 2016’s security challenges when it comes to cloud hosting and mobile devices.
How is this being studied?
Studies are being done regularly to look at the adoption rates of the cloud and mobile devices, the risks of cybersecurity, and the general preparedness and worry for threats. Recently, a study was conducted among 500 IT security experts across seven industry sectors of companies that had over 1,000 employees across six different nations. Interesting data was collected and overall, the global cyber security preparations were given a ranking of around 76% or around a C if you were giving it a grade.
What were the results of the study?
The study showed that companies are at risk with several factors being considered and one of these risks is the simple fact that board members don’t understand security problems. Ironically, many of the participants felt that their companies were more prepared with the necessary tools that could measure their efficiency in their system’s security than their board was able to comprehend the threats that they would need to prepare for or that they would even try to explain to them.
This shows a huge disconnect between the security experts and the corporate boards that make the decisions and this is prevalent the most in the US and the UK. The best solution that is being offered is that corporate boards need to incorporate a chief information security office that understands cyber security to increase the board’s ability to comprehend the severity of the situation.
Lacking in the Ability to Evaluate Threats
In addition, the study found that there is a huge lack of ability in evaluating threats in the cloud and mobile devices. Until the disconnect between the board and the CISCO is resolved, progress probably won’t happen for many.
With each nation getting a grade in their various industries surveyed, it shows that the US are ready to handle cyber security more so than Australia who ranked at a D+. Financial and technology services ranked at B- with education and government organizations ranking at a D.
If you work in these industries or have a board that makes the decisions, consider learning from this survey that it’s time to have someone knowledgeable in technology on the board. The threats in security are huge this year for the cloud and mobile devices and it’s time prepare yourselves.