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10 key mobile risks

10 key mobile risks

Enterprise user's perspective

Francis Beaudoin

Partner, National Leader – Technology Risk Consulting

KPMG in Canada


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The mobile landscape continues to evolve. With increasing user adoption rates, the multitude and magnitude of risks that consumers and business enterprises face on a daily basis is rising. According to Statista, “The overall number of mobile phone users reached 4.43 billion in 2015. This number is expected to grow to 4.61 billion in 2016 and 4.77 billion in 2017.” For the enterprise workforce, awareness is the first step to mitigating these risks and helping ensure data security and privacy are maintained. For business enterprises, selection of a suitable and secure technology platform (i.e., mobile device management [MDM] tools or similar solutions) is integral to effective management and monitoring on an ongoing basis.

Business enterprises should not simply set policies within their mobile solution and expect results — constant monitoring is necessary to meet business and technology goals. Protecting the enterprise against compromised mobile devices with access to sensitive data can only be accomplished with processes supported by adequate technology. An understanding of the mobile environment, along with the potential attack surfaces a hacker can exploit, is necessary to respond to the security and privacy risks that are both known and continually evolving. Mobile hardware and software vendors attempt to stay up-to-date with releases to address new and existing mobile risks, but a strong mobile program and user awareness is paramount to protect against these threats.

Let us look at some of the most common and pervasive risks that exist and explore simple ways users can minimize or mitigate them.

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