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European CISOs say mobile security is now priority No.1

Written by Mon 1 Feb 2021

EU security leaders reveal how remote working has impacted their 2021 security strategy

Enterprise security priorities have shifted dramatically towards mobile security in the wake of the pandemic, new research has revealed.

European CISOs surveyed by security vendor Ivanti say the move to remote working has forced attention away from network security towards mitigating mobile security risks.

Ensuring only trusted users, devices, networks, and apps can access company data has become CISOs number one priority amid concerns employees are using unsecured wifi and unauthorised apps to access corporate data.

87 percent of the 400 EMEA security leaders Ivanti surveyed said mobile devices had become the “focal point” of their cybersecurity strategies as hackers pivot to targeting homebound employees working outside the network perimeter.

A further 80 percent said passwords alone are ineffective in protecting enterprise data.

92 percent warned they need to adopt new additional IT security measures to address the new mobile threat landscape. Earmarked solutions include investing in mobile threat detection software and bolstering authentication for remote applications.

Commenting on the survey, Nigel Seddon, VP of EMEA West at Ivanti, suggested a Zero Trust model, where security leaders assume company networks have been compromised, will be necessary to properly safeguard business assets in the new normal.

“Every CISO should urgently adopt a zero-trust security strategy to ensure only trusted users can access corporate data and invest in automation technologies that can discover, manage, secure and service all endpoints, devices, and data in the everywhere enterprise,” Seddon said.

“To further reduce the attack surface, CISOs should eliminate passwords in favour of passwordless authentication. In doing so, they will also ensure that remote workers enjoy a seamless and secure user experience,” he added.

Written by Mon 1 Feb 2021

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