447 IT decision-makers across a spectrum of industries were polled to gain insight into the common practices being employed to secure mobile access to corporate systems
Boca Raton, FL – Champion Solutions Group and MessageOps announced today the release of its first annual survey of “Real-World Mobile Device Security Practices”, which provides the latest findings of how businesses are securing mobile devices in the workplace, particularly those related to password management and mobile-device policy enforcement. The research delivers unprecedented insight into mobile-security efforts across 447 organizations of different sizes, as well as in the most popular verticals. Through the research, IT decision-makers can see how their peers handle the security of mobile systems.
In today’s mobile landscape, managing both company- and employee-owned mobile devices is a universal challenge for corporate IT administrators. As a result, there’s an onus on IT departments to develop ways to empower mobile employees while simultaneously establishing mobile-security procedures and support models that appropriately address business security concerns. The Champion Solutions Group research delivers valuable guidance for CIOs, CISOs, IT administrators, and third-party IT solution providers.
This research we conducted is very important and relevant in today’s mobile workforce,” said Chris Pyle, President and CEO, Champion Solutions Group & MessageOps. “Our goal is to present businesses, both large and small, with the facts uncovered in the report to assist them with developing policies around Enterprise Mobility Services. Many of our customers would like to know if their policies are too constraining or too lose, and this gives them the ability to compare to their peers in the same industries and size of business.”
This report examines the BYOD and mobile password policies of the survey group, as compared with current industry trends, standards, and best practices. Some of the key findings include:
- Organizations are nearly evenly split between those that have a formal BYOD policy (47 percent) and those that do not (53 percent).
- When it comes to password policies, most organizations favor complex alphanumeric passwords of six to 10 characters.
- More than three-quarters (77 percent) of those polled have policies to lock out devices after multiple failed log-in attempts, usually between three and five failed tries.
- Around 72 percent of organizations require re-authentication of mobile devices after periods of inactivity, with most opting for lockout after five to 15 minutes.
- The vast majority of those polled have provisions in place for expiring passwords and prohibiting re-use of old passwords.
The results are very interesting,” commented Jason Milgram, Azure MVP and Director of Software Development at Champion Solutions Group & MessageOps. “What you’d expect from a larger organization is not necessarily in line with what all of the results show, and the same for some smaller companies. I definitely encourage businesses to review the information, look at the policies they have or do not have in place, and use the research as they update their mobile device security strategy.”
There’s no doubt that allowing a growing number of devices to access sensitive corporate data and critical networks requires well-defined mobility policies and safeguards to ensure the security and integrity of the enterprise and its digital assets. The Champion / MessageOps survey shines a light on established practices being employed to secure mobile access to corporate systems, particularly those related to password-management and mobile-device policy enforcement. The results demonstrate several prudent mobile and BYOD policy initiatives that serve as a guidepost for fellow CIOs, CISOs, IT administrators, and third-party IT solution providers tasked with securing mobile systems in similar environments.
Champion Solutions Group and its Microsoft Cloud Business Unit, MessageOps, are experts in the mobility and security marketspace. With implementations across multiple industries and with thousands of devices under management, Champion / MessageOps is well-suited to design, implement, and maintain comprehensive mobile security strategies. For more information about their Enterprise Mobility Services, visit www.MessageopsMobility.com
Download the survey results report at: http://mobility.messageops.com/free-mobile-device-security-report/
About Champion Solutions Group
Champion Solutions Group, headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, specializes in delivering technology services and solutions to help our customers reduce costs, increase productivity, and mitigate risk. Through our time-tested, proven methodology we are changing the economics of the IT Data Center and the way people work, interact, and adopt technology. Founded in 1979, Champion focuses on virtualization, cloud, and data management solutions; and boasts deep technical skill sets in design, implementation, and management of these solutions. For more information, visit www.championsg.com.
MessageOps, a Microsoft Cloud business unit of Champion Solutions Group, assists companies in increasing their productivity, reducing costs, and mitigating risks through the deployment of Microsoft Cloud Services including Office 365, Enterprise Mobility, and Azure services. MessageOps helps clients with their migrations to Microsoft Online, as well as the consumption and adoption to provide ongoing value after the migration. MessageOps strives to enhance their client’s Microsoft Online experience by offering great tools, tips, services and software, which extend the functionality of Microsoft Online. Whether you are looking for an Office 365 tool or service to help you migrate your mailboxes, synchronize your passwords, overcome the need to understand PowerShell, or if you are looking for a better way to monitor, manage, report and administer your Office 365 environment; MessageOps has the right tools and services to help you. MessageOps has earned numerous Microsoft Cloud awards, was ranked among Talkin’ Cloud’s Top 100 Cloud Service Providers, and listed in CRN’s “30 Cloud VARs That Get It”. To learn more, please visit us at http://www.messageops.com.