KoolSpan Announces 2008 Mobile Trust Survey Findings on Secure Mobile Voice Communications

Findings support increasing trend toward voice security imperative:

  • Large- and medium-sized enterprises and government organizations among the first to plan, adopt and deploy secure mobile voice solutions.

  • Nearly 40 percent of all survey respondents aware of compromises to voice communication on mobile/cellular networks.

  • Nearly two-thirds of all survey respondents say mobile phones are used to discuss business topics considered confidential.

Bethesda, Md., Dec. 15, 2008 – KoolSpan, developer of the TrustChip® family of secure connectivity solutions that seamlessly unite mission-critical network devices, today announced the results of the 2008 Mobile Trust Survey on secure voice communications. The survey gauged the views of IT professionals in the United States, specifically among security, computer/IT management, telecommunications and computer networking executives.

An analysis of respondent survey data by their organization type reveals adoption trend insight: Large enterprises (with 5,000 or more employees), medium-sized enterprises (between 1,000 and 5,000 employees) and government organizations are among the first to plan, adopt and deploy secure mobile voice solutions.

Specifically, 18 percent of large enterprise respondents have either deployed or are planning to deploy a secure voice solution, while nearly 30 percent would consider such a solution if it were easy and cost-effective to deploy.

The number of midsize enterprise respondents who have either deployed or are planning to deploy a secure voice solution, rose to 21 percent in 2008, while 62 percent of midsize enterprise respondents said they would be interested in a secure voice option the next time they purchase a mobile phone.

Among government organizations, respondents have already deployed or are considering deploying a secure voice option, while 48 percent consider doing so if it were easy and cost-effective.

Small enterprises showed increasing interest and awareness but lagged behind larger enterprises with just 11 percent of small enterprise respondents say they have either deployed or plan to deploy a secure voice solution. Thirty-seven percent (up 9 percent from a year ago) who had not deployed would consider doing so if it were easy and cost-effective. More than half of all small enterprise respondents said they would be interested in a secure voice option the next time they purchase a mobile phone.

Overall, the 2008 Mobile Trust Survey found nearly 40 percent of all respondents reported being aware of compromises to voice communication on mobile/cellular networks, and approximately half reporting an interest in a secure voice option the next time they purchase a mobile phone. Sixty-three percent said mobile phones are used to discuss business topics considered confidential, while 44 percent reported being aware of employees traveling on business in areas where the cellular networks are considered ‘untrusted’.

According to the Mobile Trust Survey, 70 percent of all respondents said employees within their organization use smartphones or PDAs. These and other mobile devices were traditionally supported by closed and proprietary mobile networks that have recently shown to be more vulnerable to malicious attacks. BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Palm led the way as the most popular mobile phone operating systems.

Other interesting Mobile Trust Survey facts:

  • 73 percent of all large organization respondents say their organizations have offices internationally.
  • 67 percent of all large organization respondents said mobile phones are used to discuss business topics considered confidential.
  • Just over 70 percent of all midsize respondents said employees at their company travel in areas where they must use ‘un-trusted’ networks.

The 2008 Mobile Trust Survey report is available for download at www.koolspan.com/resources.

About KoolSpan, Inc.
Based in Bethesda, Md., KoolSpan is the leading innovator of simple secure connectivity solutions that seamlessly unite mission-critical network devices. From smartphones to servers, KoolSpan’s TrustChip® crypto engine creates secure and trusted connections between any two points independent of network boundaries. KoolSpan delivers off-the-shelf enterprise and developer-friendly embeddable solutions, enabling a flexible, cost-effective approach to device security that can drop in, operate automatically and self-manage in a wide range of platforms. To learn more, visit www.koolspan.com or call 240.880.4400.

 

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