Over the past 3 years particularly it has been evident for those of us that follow the mobile world that ‘security’ was completely unimportant in the minds of both business and consumer. While Apple, Samsung and Google plundered the mobile platform by building entire business models on visibly encouraging unfettered access to customers data (along with Whatsapp and Facebook), consumers around the globe merrily handed over everything they had on themselves to the great Gods of apps. There’s a spy? Ah well…
Everything for the apps…
Meanwhile, since Apple, Google, Samsung and, particularly the carriers, had done so well out of this, businesses began to REALLY feel the pressure from their employees. BlackBerry were WAY too slow to react and BYOD was born. Businesses threw their hands up as employees moaned about ‘having to have a BlackBerry’ and it was far too much of a pain to resist. After all, a phone is a phone, right??
The kids then got to be less productive and play about with their apps and the moaning went away as it was now the employee’s problem. Job done, right?
Because what’s happening now is a hacking free for all. You wouldn’t believe the amount of hacks we DON’T report here – simply because we see so many and worry you’ll get bored. in the first half of 2016 we were asked regularly by readers to ‘stop playing the cracked record’ and ‘another hack report at UTB (yawn)’. But in the second half of the year we’re noticing a change. Hacks are hitting the mainstream, and people’s wallets (only today I saw reports in the UK of customers having up to £1000 taken from their bank accounts in a hack) and it would seem business is, just starting, to work out where the softest point is.
Guess what? It’s those BYOD phones.
According to a poll by Tech Research, as reported by ZD Net a massive 45% of companies acknowledged mobile phones as their biggest security issue with a further 29% citing BYOD.
And, get this, 65% of respondents said they were ‘Highly Concerned’ or ‘Moderately Concerned’ about a cyber attack (as opposed to a normal security issue) and that 42% of companies had, at the very least, found security issues that they were willing to admit to in the past year.
The best bit? These same companies are STILL pumping out iOS and (non-BlackDroid) Android devices to their employees DESPITE the fact they acknowledge they can’t control them.
I suspect 2017 will see the beginnings of a sea change. Not in some great bang. But the hacks are beginning to hit Joe Public now and they’re beginning to hit he headline news.
‘Sooner or later you’re going to be hacked. And then you’ll want to buy my stuff’, said John Chen.
How right he’s going to be proven.