Gartner Research

Top Seven Failures in Mobile Device Security

Published: 14 February 2013

ID: G00246862

Analyst(s): John Girard


Client inquiries and headline stories reveal weaknesses in mobile security, a few of which can be attributed to naiveté and others to apathy. All provide object lessons for security managers seeking to improve endpoint security governance.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Failure Scenario No. 1: Inconsistent Security Policies Across Different Endpoints
  • Failure Scenario No. 2: Laptop Encryption Invalidated in "Bypass Mode"
  • Failure Scenario No. 3: Unmanageable BYOD Laptops
  • Failure Scenario No. 4: Shared Media Leakage
  • Failure Scenario No. 5: Minimal Management Fuels BYOD Phone and Tablet Proliferation
  • Failure Scenario No. 6: Readable Data Persists in "Properly" Disposed-Of Devices
  • Failure Scenario No. 7: Interapplication Data Leakage
  • Critical Questions to Build a Best-Practice Consensus for Mobile Device Security

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