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MOBILE DEVICES POSE NEW TYPE OF SECURITY THREAT

The types of security threat facing Australian businesses are evolving all the time. As new technology comes to the fore and devices become increasingly more sophisticated, the need for preventative measures has never been so pressing.

This is certainly the case when it comes to mobile devices. Workplaces are becoming more flexible, which creates the need for employees to be connected wherever they go – and these handy systems ensure they do just that.

The mobile trend is unlikely to go away any time soon.

Figures from ACMA show that Australian adults are increasingly likely to be mobile-only users. As of December 2014, 29 per cent of respondents were found not to have a fixed-line connection – a trend most common in the 25 to 34 age bracket.

 

Emphasis on security

A recent survey from Telstra found that people generally aren’t willing to put their trust into mobile devices at any cost. Security remains a core concern and is something organisations will need to focus on more heavily moving forward.

Less than half of those questioned said they we dissatisfied with their financial institution’s security performance, while more than a third have been a victim of identity theft. Trust is an important factor, as more than half of respondents said this would be the main area they’d consider when selecting a financial services provider.

What this shows is that firms cannot afford to be lax with their security services. While people are embracing digital trends, they’re still aware of the potential threats they face – and it’s up to companies to ensure they’re taking whatever steps possible to mitigate them.

Preparing for the future

As Deloitte recently indicated, the mobile trend is unlikely to go away any time soon. It’s therefore something that every business should prepare for, both practically speaking and from a security perspective.

Mobile devices create need for more security measures.

Mobile devices create need for more security measures.

Security threats take a number of different forms.

“It is clear that mobile will continue shaping the way Australians communicate, work and interact,” said Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association Chair Matthew Lobb.

“Harnessing the potential of new and existing technologies will be important for securing Australia’s economic growth and living standards in the future.”

It’s estimated that around five billion mobile devices are in use all over the world, which the experts believe will continue to rise. By 2020, there could be as many as 20.8 billion.

Taking a well-rounded approach to security at your business is essential. Get in touch with Glad Group to see how we can make this a reality for your company.

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