“By all means allow staff to use their smartphones to communicate on the move – using voice, text and basic email. But when it comes to risking the integrity of the company’s data, encryption at source is the best security defense possible.”
— Dave Anderson, Voltage Security
CUPERTINO, CA, May 30, 2013 — Commenting on a report that shows people spend 58 minutes talking on – or staring down – at their smartphones each and every day, Voltage Security says this indicates the shift away from computers as the endpoint of choice for people generally.
New data from Experian shows that almost half of that time is spend communicating using voice and text services. According to Dave Anderson, a senior director with the data-centric security provider, this means smartphone users are now spending half an hour a day checking and answering emails, as well as surfing the mobile Internet.
“The report is a clear indication of the profound change in the way we interact electronically. Remember, June 29 marks the sixth anniversary of when Apple launched its first iPhone and it’s also only in the last few years that Android has also become a smartphone operating system of choice,” he said.
“It’s interesting to see that, out of the almost 13,000 users that participated in the study, Android users tend to visit more Web sites, while iPhone users use more apps – which, of course, interact with remote servers across the Internet,” he added.
The Voltage senior director says that, for him, the key takeaway from the Experian report is that we collectively spend more than half our phone time doing things that mobiles could not do anywhere near as well as a decade ago.
This means, he adds, that organizations must adapt their endpoint security strategy to a data-centric strategy in order to accommodate what has become a real BYOD phenomenon in the workplace, as most of those smartphone users – regardless of which device they own – will connect to the corporate wireless network when at their place of employment.
“The message from this report is quite clear – all companies, whether large or small, should now be encrypting their customer and critical data at the point of creation,” he said.
“By all means allow staff to use their smartphones to communicate on the move – using voice, text and basic email. But when it comes to risking the integrity of the company’s data, encryption at source is the best security defence possible.”
For more on Voltage Security: http://www.voltage.com
For more on the Experian smartphone usage analysis: http://bit.ly/18ym884