Risks from mobile devices impacting PH firms

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[/caption] This is according to the Philippine results of Symantec Corp.?s ?2012 State of Mobility Survey?, which also revealed a global tipping point in mobility adoption. The survey highlighted an uptake in mobile applications across organizations in the Philippines with 72 percent of enterprises at least discussing deploying custom mobile applications, and 20 percent currently implementing or have already implemented custom mobile applications. Despite the adoption, more than half (56 percent) of survey respondents in the Philippines mentioned that mobility is somewhat to extremely challenging and a further 45 percent of survey respondents identified mobile devices as one of their top three IT risks. Christina Tee, technical consultant for Symantec Philippines, said that unlike in the past, mobile phones now have the same importance as a workstation or laptop in the enterprise environment. However, the risks involved could also be staggering. According to Tee, the average cost of mobility-related security issue is about $80,000 or about P3.44 million. ?While organizations in the Philippines are reaping the benefits from the adoption of mobile devices, about half of Philippines respondents from our survey are finding it challenging and rating mobile devices as one of the top three IT risks,? Tee said. Luichi Robles, senior country manager of Symantec Philippines, said there is cultural shift and rapid adoption in mobile devices among organizations in the Philippines From refusing mobile devices not long ago, Robles said companies are now actively distributing and developing mobile applications. This, however, has introduced a new set of challenges and complexities for IT staff, he said. ?In spite of the challenges and complexities, it is encouraging to see organizations in the Philippines taking bold steps in embracing mobile devices in the workplace. Whether large enterprises or small and medium businesses (SMBs), the high adoption of mobile devices at the workplace among local businesses is impressive as it underlines a mature business environment that is keeping pace with global trends and technologies,? Robles said. He added, ?From a security perspective, it is encouraging to see that a majority of organizations in the Philippines are thinking beyond the simple case of lost or stolen mobile phones, and looking into implementing security measures to keep their corporate information safe.? ]]>

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