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C-Suite execs pose the greatest threat to mobile device security

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Despite being frequently targeted by cybercriminals, C-Level executives are first in line to demand relaxations of mobile security protocols. This is according to a new report from cybersecurity firm MobileIron, based on a poll of 300 enterprise IT decision-makers and 50 C-level executives across Europe.

The firm's Trouble at the Top report revealed that many C-Suite employees believe IT security compromises their personal privacy and limits the usability of their devices - and in some cases is too complex to understand.

The most common exemption requests relate to accessing unsupported devices, data or apps, and bypassing multi-factor authentication.

However, the report also claims C-Level execs are “highly vulnerable” to phishing and spear phishing attacks, with 71 percent of respondents stating believing the C-Suite is "most likely" to suffer this form of attack.

For Brian Foster, SVP Product Management at MobileIron, the results are “concerning”, as individual exemptions “drastically increase” the risk of a data breach.

“Accessing business data on a personal device or app takes data outside of the protected environment, leaving critical business information exposed for malicious users to take advantage of," he said.

"Meanwhile, MFA – designed to protect businesses from the leading cause of data breaches, stolen credentials – is being side-stepped by C-Suite execs."

Sead Fadilpašić

Sead is a freelance journalist with more than 15 years of experience in writing various types of content, from blogs, whitepapers, and reviews to ebooks, and many more, across sites including Al Jazeera Balkans, TechRadar Pro, IT Pro Portal, and CryptoNews.