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Mobile app security is a threat, but companies are still confused

Companies are rushing mobile app development, and leaving themselves vulnerable to cybersecurity threats.

Published Fri, Mar 20 2015 12:17 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:09 PM CST

Eighty-two percent of IT professionals are concerned that using mobile apps in the office "significantly" or "very significantly" increase cybersecurity concerns - but more than half of companies still lack mobile app use policy rules.

Mobile app security is a threat, but companies are still confused | TweakTown.com

Millions are being spent on mobile app development, but a fraction of those overall investments are related to security. Companies are increasingly testing mobile apps, including security vulnerabilities, and 30 percent of apps are found to have at least a single vulnerability.

"It's just an indicator that we [the security community] have a problem, [or] a risk issue that isn't necessarily being met, at least not with respect to training and awareness," said Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute, in a statement to SCMagazine.com

If companies are serious about embracing mobile apps - while also keeping their networks secure - they must be careful not to rush app development. In addition, proper training must take place so employees are better educated in keeping mobile solutions secure.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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