News Feature | December 11, 2014

How To Address The Growing Need For New Data Security Solutions

Christine Kern

By Christine Kern, contributing writer

Survey Shows 20 Percent Of Employees Going Rogue With Corporate Data

A recent infographic by Moka5 highlights a growing need for new methods of data containment and protection. There are three areas of concern when it comes to data security: the cloud, the rise of remote workers, and the BYOD (bring your own device) trend.

The infographic states, currently, data breaches and cloud service abuse are among the chief security risks, according to Cloud Security Alliance, with 40 percent of CRM systems sold around the world based in the cloud, and the number of financial institutions planning to invest in the cloud has grown nearly four times.

Meanwhile, the number of remote workers has jumped 80 percent over the past decade to an estimated 3.2 million individuals. And 46 percent of these remote workers, when queried, stated that they had transferred files between work and home devices while working remotely (thus increasing security risks exponentially). And three-quarters of remote workers have no privacy guards in place when working in a public space.

As more and more companies are adopting BYOD policies, security of those devices and the data they carry increases in importance. Two-thirds of individuals now use personal devices at work, regardless of their company’s BYOD policies. And 77 percent of all employees reported that they have received no education about security risks surrounding BYOD. Meanwhile, mobile malware can access devices, affecting Android most frequently, but also attacking iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Windows phones as well.

To combat these threats, Moka5 has introduced a solution designed to protect and contain sensitive data easily and efficiently. Called Project Skynet, “this next-generation lightweight container allows enterprises to become more device- and platform-independent by securing usage of web- and cloud-based enterprise services on any device and any platform, regardless of ownership model,”.

“Many enterprises like the idea of moving to web-based enterprise services, but the very ubiquity of access that makes these services so appealing is also what makes securing their usage so challenging,” says Moka5 CEO Dave Robbins in a press release.

Moka5 has launched Project SkyNet — a native, lightweight container for the web and cloud — to address these challenges.