• Press Release

    October 09, 2012

    New RSA Research Tackles Mounting Risks from Mobile Devices in the Enterprise

    19 Global Security Chiefs Deliver Strategic Guidance to Capture Mobile Business Opportunities in Latest Report

    Story Highlights

    • Security for Business Innovation Council (SBIC) report features recommendations for managing mobile devices in the enterprise from 19 global security thought leaders
    • Recommendations outline how organizations can leverage the power of mobile devices, while also managing associated risks

    RSA CONFERENCE EUROPE 2012 - LONDON - October 09, 2012 -

    RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE:EMC), released a new research report today from the Security for Business Innovation Council (SBIC) that addresses the continued surge of consumer mobile devices in the enterprise and shares security leaders' insights on how to manage the fast-changing mobility risks while maximizing business opportunities. Mobile threats are developing quickly and technologies keep shifting creating new security holes. As more and more consumer devices access corporate networks and store corporate data, potentially devastating consequences range from the loss or leakage of valuable intellectual property to brand damage if fraudulent access results in a high-profile security breach. The Council consensus is that the time is now for enterprises to integrate enterprise risk management into their mobile vision. The potential benefits include increased agility, improved productivity, faster sales, and reduced costs. Capitalizing on the business opportunities of mobile computing is only possible if enterprises know the risks and how to manage them.

    The Security for Business Innovation Council 's latest report, titled “ Realizing the Mobile Enterprise: Balancing the Risks and Rewards of Consumer Devices ,” is derived from the expertise and real-world experiences of 19 security leaders, who represent some of the world's most forward-thinking security organizations.

    The report identifies today's major sources of risk for the mobile enterprise and the outlook for the near future. It also answers critical questions such as:

    • What are the most important mobile policy decisions and who should make them?
    • How do you mitigate risks such as lost or stolen devices?
    • What should be included in a “Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)” agreement?
    • Why or why not use a mobile device management (MDM) solution?
    • What are the requirements for designing secure mobile apps?

    In the report, the Council presents five strategies for building effective, adaptable mobile programs:

    • Establish mobile governance – Organizations should engage cross-functional teams to set clear ground rules. Every mobile project should start by defining business goals, i ncluding expectations of cost savings or revenue generation, and by establishing the level of risk that the organization is willing to accept to achieve those goals.
    • Create an action plan for the near-term – Mobile security technologies are fast-moving and, in many cases, too nascent to allow organizations to make long-term mobile security investments. The Council lays out several stop gap measures and key steps to take over the next 12-18 months.
    • Build core competencies in mobile app security – Knowing how to design mobile apps in a way that protects corporate data is absolutely critical, yet many information security teams do not have the necessary level of expertise. The Council emphasizes it's not just about bolting on security, but requires a careful examination of the app's overall functionality and architecture, and they provide key design criteria.
    • Integrate mobility into long-term vision – Numerous trends are affecting long-term risk management planning. Organizations need to update their approach to security including risk-based, adaptive authentication; network segmentation; data-centric security controls; and cloud-based gateways.
    • Expand mobile situational awareness – Corporate security teams should deepen and continually refresh their understanding of the mobile ecosystem.

    Executive Quotes:

    Art Coviello, Executive Vice President, EMC, Executive Chairman, RSA, The Security Division of EMC

    “With the prevalence of mobile devices and applications, organizations have huge opportunities to create business value, but the accompanying risks are equally huge. This new report from the Security for Business Innovation Council provides strategic guidance that helps organizations not only reduce their mobile liabilities but also foster mobile programs that enable them to realize the full benefits of the mobile enterprise.”

    William Boni, Chief Information Security Officer, VP Enterprise Information Security, T-Mobile USA

    “Similar to PCs, with mobile computing we'll see a largely consumer phenomenon evolve into a comprehensive enterprise framework which allows sufficient security over data. It has to evolve fast. But will it be fast enough? We're in an arms race between malicious exploitation and security protection.”

    About the Security for Business Innovation Council

    The  Security for Business Innovation Council  is a group of top security leaders from Global 1000 enterprises committed to advancing information security worldwide by sharing their diverse professional experiences and insights. The Council produces periodic reports exploring information security's central role in enabling business innovation.

    Contributors to this report include 19 security leaders from some of the largest global enterprises:

    ABN Amro



    ADP, Inc.


    Northrop Grumman


    HDFC Bank

    SAP AG


    HSBC Holdings plc.



    Johnson & Johnson

    T-Mobile USA


    JPMorgan Chase





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