Verizon Business 2023 Mobile Security Index: Balancing Security with Business Imperatives
What you need to know:
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Nov. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today Verizon Business released the 2023 Mobile Security Index (MSI) report. This year’s report is the sixth publication, and presents the top threats seen in securing mobile devices. With insights from Verizon’s partners Akamai, Fortinet, Lookout, Allot, IBM, Proofpoint, Check Point and Ivanti, it provides insights and best practices to help organizations achieve flexibility and security across business practices.
As we’ve seen, reliance on multiple mobile devices compounded by the multitasking that often comes with mobile use is an ultimate threat for organizations. With 61% of CISOs, and 53% of CEOs surveyed believing that their organization is unprepared to cope with a targeted cyberattack in the next 12 months - striking a balance between user experience, privacy and cost is key.
Impact Across Business
Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, hybrid working and the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) have multiplied the scale and complexity of protecting endpoints. This ultimately affects the business, its employees, shareholders and customers. That helps explain why over a third (34%) of users have fallen for one of the five following basic security errors.
AI as a Challenge for Cybersecurity
The recent growth of generative artificial intelligence (AI) has proven to be a cybersecurity challenge. Anyone with internet access can create a deep fake image or video. Attackers are exploiting this technology to make phishing attacks even more effective.
Just a sample of someone’s voice is enough to create a believable impersonation of their voice. That online video interview with the CEO could very easily be turned into a convincing voicemail instructing an employee to change the payment details of a large supplier or reset credentials to an important system.
Securing IoT devices is one of the most challenging aspects of mobile device security. Attacks targeting IoT devices are rapidly evolving among cybercriminals as:
According to the whitepaper, a staggering 71% of users don't change the default password on their home Wi-Fi. Nearly a third (28%) don't password-protect their home Wi-Fi at all.
The vast majority (90%) of remote workers access corporate resources from locations other than their home—the average is five different locations. This can expose the organization to additional security risks.
As technology evolves so does risk. Mobile and tech security has become an essential business priority. Read the Verizon 2023 Mobile Security Index, and learn suggested best practices your organization can implement. If you’re interested in learning more, here you will find information about Verizon’s 5-step Social Engineering Defense plan, customizable for your organization’s needs.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is one of the world’s leading providers of technology and communications services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $136.8 billion in 2022. The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.
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