Most organisations are not testing mobile apps for risky behaviours that could invite hidden, ‘back-door’ security risk and reputational damage, according to Flexera Software/IDC surveyMaidenhead, UK – March 24, 2015 – According to a new report, The BYOD Trojan Horse: Dangerous Mobile App Behaviours & Back-Door Security Risks, prepared jointly by Flexera Software and IDC, enterprises are not doing nearly enough to understand which mobile app behaviours hitting their networks and data are risky, nor are they testing apps for those risky behaviours to ensure proper enforcement of their BYOD policies. Despite data security being among the biggest challenges when implementing BYOD policies for enterprises (71 per cent), 61 percent have not even identified which app behaviours they deem risky – i.e. ability to access social media apps like Twitter, apps that report back user data to app producers, and such. The report provides a sobering wake up call to businesses, underscoring that BYOD risk doesn’t just arise from malicious hackers and rogue nations. Threats to data and security are hidden, as in a Trojan horse, in the most innocuous-seeming apps that employees can unwittingly unleash on the enterprise, like a flashlight app that illegally transmits user data to advertisers, or common banking apps capable of capturing device logs, accessing contacts lists, reading SMS messages or even installing packages on the phone. Among the report’s findings:Enterprises Are Broadly Adopting BYOD Policies: 48 percent of enterprises have already or are in the process of implementing BYOD policies, and another 23 percent plan on doing so within two years.Blocking Risky Apps Is a Priority: 47 percent of respondents say they’re instituting policies that block risky app behaviours to mitigate mobile app security risks. Another 22 percent plan on doing so within two years.Enterprises Are Also Failing to Identify Apps They Deem Risky: A majority of organisations – 55 percent – have not identified specific mobile apps that exhibit risky behaviours that would violate their BYOD policies.BYOD Policies Are Not Reducing Enterprises’ Security Risks: Only 16 percent of respondents report that their BYOD policies are resulting in lower enterprise application risk.”BYOD policies are critical to organisations seeking to maximise the value and minimise the risks they encounter by integrating mobile devices and apps within their infrastructures, because these policies define the behaviours that are and are not acceptable,” said Robert Young, Research Manager, End Point Device & IT Service Management and Client Virtualisation Software, IDC. “But BYOD policies are inadequate if appropriate enforcement mechanisms are not put into place and followed.””Most organisations already have strong processes to test and remediate traditional desktop, virtualised and cloud based applications to make sure they’re safe and reliable. But as the report indicates, enterprises have not extended these Application Readiness best practices to mobile apps,” said Maureen Polte, Vice President of Product Management at Flexera Software. “These same processes can and should be extended to mobile apps to ensure that risky app behaviours and apps are identified and appropriate measures are taken to contain those risks.” # # #Resources:Access The BYOD Trojan Horse: Dangerous Mobile App Behaviors & Back-Door Security Risks ReportLearn more about Flexera Software’s:Software Monetisation SolutionsSoftware License Optimisation SolutionsApplication Readiness SolutionsInstallation SolutionsRelated Flexera Software WebinarsRelated Flexera Software White PapersAbout This ReportThis report is based on the 2015 Application Usage and Value survey, conducted by Flexera Software with input from IDC’s Software Pricing and Licensing Research division under the direction of Amy Konary, Research Vice President – Software Licensing and Provisioning at IDC. The surveys were completed between November, 2014 and January, 2015, by more than 580 respondents from software vendors, intelligent device manufacturers and end-user enterprises. This annual research project looks at software licensing, compliance and installation trends and best practices.About Flexera Software Flexera Software helps application producers and enterprises increase application usage and the value they derive from their software. Our software licensing, compliance and installation solutions are essential to ensure continuous licensing compliance, optimised software investments and to future-proof businesses against the risks and costs of constantly changing technology. Over 80,000 customers turn to Flexera Software as a trusted and neutral source for the knowledge and expertise we have gained as the marketplace leader in licensing, installation and compliance for over 20 years and for the automation and intelligence designed into our products. For more information, please go to: http://www.flexerasoftware.com/.For more information, contact:Vidushi Patel/ Nicola MalesVanilla PRprflexera@vanillapr.co.uk+44 7958474632© 2015 Flexera Software LLC. All other brand and product names mentioned herein may be the trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective owners.Source: RealWire

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