At a conference in Berlin on Tuesday, a Gartner analyst predicted that by 2017, mobile application misconfiguration will produce 75 percent of mobile security breaches.
"Mobile security breaches are — and will continue to be — the result of misconfiguration and misuse on an app level, rather than the outcome of deeply technical attacks on mobile devices," said Dionisio Zumerle, principal research analyst at Gartner, in a public statement. "A classic example of misconfiguration is the misuse of personal cloud services through apps residing on smartphones and tablets. When used to convey enterprise data, these apps lead to data leaks that the organization remains unaware of for the majority of devices."
Presenting at the Gartner IT Infrastructure & Operations Management Summits 2014, Zumerle said with the number of smartphones and tablets increasing, along with a notable decrease in traditional PC sales, that attacks on enterprises will shift to tablets and smartphones. He recommends enterprises adopt a mobile device management (MDM) policy, supplemented by app shielding and 'containers' to protect important data.