Mobile Devices at Work on the Rise; Harness the Power of BYOD
The number of mobile devices used by employees for work purposes is expected to surpass the 1 billion mark by 2018. This will be mainly boosted by the growing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend in enterprises, according to the Mobile Security: BYOD, mCommerce, Consumer & Enterprise 2013-2018 report from analytics firm Juniper Research.
The study also shows that over 50% of all devices in the United States will have installed security applications by the end of 2018. Although BYOD has many benefits for enterprises when speaking of enhanced worker productivity and satisfaction, there is an existing threat from unprotected devices. That said, Juniper projects a healthy growth in the security software revenue, reaching 40% of global mobile security sales revenue by the end of 2018. This will be mainly driven by consumer awareness of available security tools, the risks posed to information stored on smartphones and tablets, and its accessibility.
Mobile security market growth is now boosted by the enterprise sector, especially in the mobile device management and BYOD areas. According to research from Forrester Consulting for Lookout Security, 60% of organizations have had mobile devices stolen or lost over the past year.
Furthermore, three-quarters of IT administrators participating in the survey believe that BYOD has created challenges related to mobile security in the workplace, while 72% of them agree that there is a notable gap between mobile security solutions and the threats enterprises face.
40% of employees, however, said that their organizations have limited BYOD adoption, mainly because of the employee resistance to the installation of security tools on personally-owned devices (35%), along with weak security tools (28%).
Nevertheless, mobile device management and mobile security solutions demand is healthy, with many enterprises willing to replace their BYOD security solution, according to a survey conducted by researcher Ponemon Institute and e-mail data security specialist Zix. Costs and weak security protection were cited as the most unsatisfactory areas, but the employees’ unwillingness to install or activate security solutions was also cited as an issue.