RSA Attendees Want to Invest More in Mobile Security, Lookout Finds

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More than half of RSA Conference attendees surveyed by mobile security company Lookout said they plan to invest more in mobile cybersecurity in the next year, considering the increase of accessibility to data from any device and any location as it has moved to the cloud. 

And that investment may be warranted, as 76 percent of respondents said they access corporate network, corporate email or corporate cloud services from personal mobile devices, and another 76 percent from public Wi-Fi networks.

These findings are part of the Lookout Post-Perimeter Security Survey, which questioned attendees at the conference held in San Francisco from March 4-8. 

Post-perimeter security relates to security services reaching the endpoint, as data expands from traditional perimeter-based security these days — thanks to cloud and a growing list of connected devices. According to Lookout, access to data must be based on a continuous assessment of trust, assuming initial zero trust.  

Along with the 52 percent of respondents planning to increase mobile security spend, the survey found one in 10 RSA attendees said their organization has experienced a mobile cybersecurity incident or breach in the past 12 months.  

And in terms of what organizations should focus on securing, 85 percent of respondents reported using their mobile devices to access corporate email, 53 percent use mobile devices to access messaging apps like Slack and 43 percent use their mobile devices to access storage services like Google Drive.

Lookout warns that mixing personal devices and public networks with corporate data can yield a high security risk, and exceeds the usual network perimeter security services.

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