Smart Device Security Measures Vary between OSes, Common Points are
"Purpose" and "Product Selection Criteria"
--More than 10% of enterprises had problems because they used a jailbroken device or device infected with viruses--
TOKYO—July 4, 2012—NetSTAR, Inc., Japan’s premier developer of URL filtering product technologies and services, today announced the release of the results of the tenth Survey of Corporate Internet Administration Practices.
This survey investigates the administration and use of the Internet in the workplace, and it has been conducted by NetSTAR continuously since 2004. This survey, which is the tenth, targeted 591 system administrators who work at companies that are implementing smartdevices and filtering. The primary results of this survey are summarized below.
（1） Security measures vary between OSes, but their "purpose" and "product selection criteria" are similar
The most common OS used in tablet devices was the iOS (41.6%), but for smartphones, it was AndroidOS (41.1%). The security measures installed on smart devices were "anti-virus" (45.3%), "security measures in case of theft or loss" (41.3%), and "URL filtering" (39.8%). The most common security measure for the iOS was "security measures in case of theft or loss," and for the AndroidOS it was "anti-virus," showing a difference based on the OS. The ultimate purpose for the security measures were "prevent introduction of unauthorized code" (69.9%) and "prevent data leaks" (64.4%), while the product selection criteria were "easy to use" (43.9%) and "multiple functions" (41.8%), but there was no significant difference between OSes.
（2） More than 70% said that "security measures are necessary," but the "number of devices" and "lack of appropriate services" caused delays in implementation
While more than 70% of system administrators who have not implemented security measures said that "security measures are necessary for smart devices," the reason why they have not implemented security measures was "there are too few devices" and "there is no appropriate service." The security measures that they feel they need are "anti-virus" (79.3%), "security measures in case of theft or loss" (73.2%), "application control" (43.9%), and "URL filtering" (39%).
（3） More than 10% of enterprises have experienced problems because they used a jailbroken device or device that had been infected with viruses
The results show that 12% of enterprises had problems because of the use of a jailbroken smart device or a device infected with viruses. The majority of these problems involving smartphones happened with the iPhone (13.7%), and for tablet devices, they happened with an AndroidOS tablet (17.6%).
NetSTAR will continue contributing to society by creating an environment in which all people can use the Internet safely and securely; we will work to understand the trends and needs of users; and we will reflect these in the technology and products that we develop.
Click here for the results and comments on the major survey items (Japanese version only)
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