Tripwire Holiday Shopping Survey: Mobile Shoppers Forgo Security for Convenience

Nearly two-thirds of consumers lack security software on mobile devices yet 32 percent link devices to credit card or bank account.

  • Share on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on LinkedInEmail a friend
This survey indicates that consumers are not installing this software and corporations are not enforcing security configuration policies on mobile devices, leaving consumers and businesses at risk.

Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) December 17, 2013

Tripwire, Inc., a leading global provider of risk-based security and compliance management solutions, today announced the results of a survey on mobile security and holiday shopping, revealing that nearly two-thirds of U.S. consumers (59 percent) and U.K. consumers (65 percent) have no security software on their mobile devices. The survey of 1,400 consumers in the U.S. and U.K. was conducted by Dimensional Research and OnePoll on behalf of Tripwire from November 18-20, 2013.

Mobile holiday shopping has increased 80 percent over 2012, with nearly 20 percent of sales coming from mobile devices. The survey revealed that:

  • 59 percent of U.S. consumers do not have any security software installed on their mobile devices.
  • 32 percent of U.S. respondents link their credit cards or bank account information to their mobile devices.
  • Among the U.S. respondents with corporate data on their mobile devices, only 56 percent had security software installed.

“Two forces are colliding to threaten both personal financial information and corporate data on mobile devices,” said Dwayne Melancon, chief technology officer for Tripwire. “First, a surprising number of consumers are associating insecure mobile devices with their bank accounts or credit cards, which can make them easier targets for fraud and cybercrime. Second, many of those same consumers are storing sensitive corporate data on the same insecure mobile devices.”

“Both of these risks could be significantly reduced by running up-to-date security software on the mobile devices. Unfortunately, this survey indicates that consumers are not installing this software and corporations are not enforcing security configuration policies on mobile devices, leaving consumers and businesses at risk. I suspect it will take a serious security incident to drive significant changes in these areas.”

About Dimensional Research
Dimensional Research provides practical marketing research to help technology companies make smarter business decisions. Our researchers are experts in technology and understand how corporate IT organizations operate. Our qualitative research services deliver a clear understanding of customer and market dynamics. For more information, visit http://www.dimensionalresearch.com.

About Tripwire
Tripwire is a leading global provider of risk-based security and compliance management solutions, enabling enterprises, government agencies and service providers to effectively connect security to their business. Tripwire provides the broadest set of foundational security controls including security configuration management, vulnerability management, file integrity monitoring, log and event management. Tripwire solutions deliver unprecedented visibility, business context and security business intelligence allowing extended enterprises to protect sensitive data from breaches, vulnerabilities, and threats.


Contact