Half of the organizations suffer mobile attacks through WiFi

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A recently released iPass Mobile Security Report of 2018 has discovered that 57 percent of 500 organizations from the US, UK, Germany, and France suspect that their mobile workers were hacked in the last 12 months. And 87 percent of respondents believe that the hack could have taken place through Wi-Fi.

iPass Mobile Security Report has revealed that cafes, coffee shops, and airports rank as the venues where such incidents mostly occur. And that was closely followed by hotels, train stations, exhibition centers and sports arenas.

94% of organizations believe that their BYOD or Bring Your Own Device policy has increased mobile security risks to a new level and as their mobile workforce is mounting, the number of incidents could easily double up in next couple of years.

The report also highlighted the fact that 27 percent of companies have completely banned the employee usage of Wi-Fi at public hotspots to address the mobile security problems to the core. While 40 percent of them banned the use depending on the situation and the hotspot they are into. Furthermore, 16 percent of them plan to introduce a ban on public Wi-Fi hotspots in the near future.

UK enterprise has become extremely wary of employees working from Cafés/ coffee shops, as 81% have seen Wi-Fi related security incidents occur in such a location.

In the US the figures are a bit low (77%), as most of the employees are almost aware of the security loops they could be exposed while accessing the internet through public Wi-Fi’s.

Security experts say that a blanket ban on accessing public Wi-Fi hotspots could stop the security problem at the source.

But as the craze of staying mobile has heavily picked up these days, mobile workers will stop at nothing to get themselves online…..isn’t it?

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cyber Security Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security