According to a survey conducted by Fierce-Wireless-Bluefire Wireless Security this year, more than 80% of financial services respondents say their organization's use of handheld devices had increased over the past two years. Meanwhile, 87% say they are concerned about the security of e-mail access to corporate server-based accounts and of remote access to corporate networks, and 85% say that access to Web-based e-mail had become a significant security concern.

As to specific wireless security concerns, more than 60% say their top-ranked worries are viruses or attacks on the corporate network, and the security of data during transmission over wireless or cellular networks. Loss or theft of wireless devices ranked third, with about 50% of financial services executives indicating a concern, despite recent high-profile cases of lost laptops with sensitive customer data.

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