Enterprise Mobility: Security Challenges

July, 2018

The trend for enterprise mobility has reshaped itself in last decade. Enterprises have seen a push for digital ecosystem owing to the hype of Industry 4.0. Executives at manufacturing and IT companies have shifted towards adopting strategies for implementing Industry 4.0 to create competitive advantage over their peers and competitors. The technology driven enterprises are a significant adoptors of industry digitalization, but their size of purchase is significantly less compared to larger sized companies. However, the push for Industry 4.0 has resulted in enormous adoption of IIoT, Enterprise mobility and supply chain digitalization in many industries.

Enterprise mobility has become popular owing to the trend for enabling a connected workforce, BYOD and others. In most of the cases the objective of enterprise mobility is to improve workforce productivity and employee satisfaction. However, the rise in adoption of mobility has resulted in increased volume of security and privacy vulnerabilities to become a concern for CIOs and IT professionals.

Types of security vulnerabilities:

The vulnerabilities classified in two ways; one way is through intentional attack and the second is failure of software updates. Intentional software attacks include, disk malfunctions, malware injection and others; Failure of software updates will result in data breach, end-point security challenges and others. However, both types of vulnerabilities often result in similar security breaches. Firewall can be an example for this; firewall can let the entire information open once hacked, this vulnerability might be a result of both intentional attack and failure of software updates.

Security vulnerabilities of legacy systems:

  • Overcoming the security vulnerabilities of legacy systems are becoming a challenge for enterprises considering the cost involved in it.

  • For enterprises that have deployed an on-premise security solution are able to protect their mobility apps effortlessly compared to those who deploy cloud security solutions.

  • However, the increasing number of cases of data breaches are pushing enterprises to store their information on cloud, which is noticed to be a major trend in the recent times.

Legacy systems are mostly relying on on-premise security solution as they protect their mobility apps effortlessly. These enterprises are likely to move to third party security platforms to deal with the enterprise mobile application security threats.

– Srujan
ICT Market Research Analyst
Infoholic Research