Mobile data access and sharing is a great idea but one that comes with a lot of risk. The chance of unauthorized access, data loss, and data exposure are all increased when information stored in SharePoint is accessed from a mobile device. In the recent Aberdeen Analyst Insight, SharePoint Collaboration: Secure and Mobile, Derek Brink sheds some light on how organizations can ensure their SharePoint data is made more secure for mobile users.
Workers are demanding access to their work files from mobile devices, yet mobile devices are more susceptible to data breaches. Beside the fact that the devices themselves (and the data they contain) can be easily lost, the apps themselves are more difficult to secure. While malware targeting mobile devices is not as frequent as desktop OS, we can safely assume mobile devices will become the target or means to significant data theft in the near future.