Employee-owned "rogue" devices a top reason enterprises invest in mobile device security

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Campbell, CALIFORNIA, February 7, 2013-Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2013 Mobile Security Strategies and Vendor Leadership: North American Enterprise Survey, which details enterprises' plans for deploying security solutions for mobile devices, as well as their thoughts on leading mobile security vendors.

 

ANALYST NOTE

"For many IT organizations, there's an immediate need to do something about the mobile device security problem because like it or not, a new wave of mobile devices is being connected to corporate networks, and companies are looking to lock down these devices and control which apps they can use," notes Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research.

 

Wilson continues: "We believe that SSL VPNs will become a cornerstone of many enterprise mobile device security strategies moving forward because they solve an immediate connection security requirement, are familiar and easy to use, often free, and will likely support additional security and control functions."

 

ENTERPRISE MOBILE SECURITY SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

.               Around 1/3 of enterprises interviewed by Infonetics currently allow the use of employee owned devices such as iPhones, iPads, and Android smartphones and tablets on their networks

.               Managing and securing rogue devices connected by users was named as a driver for deploying mobile device security by 72% of enterprises surveyed

.               Over 3/4 of respondents have purchased or are considering purchasing a cloud-based or hybrid cloud/client-based mobile security solution, with cost being the #1 driver

.               Roughly 1 million malicious or high-risk Android apps alone are anticipated this year, and Infonetics expects that nearly all enterprises will experience significant mobile device security incidents by 2015

 

MOBILE SECURITY SURVEY SYNOPSIS

For its 27-page mobile security survey, Infonetics interviewed purchase-decision makers at 103 medium and large companies in the U.S. and Canada about their mobile device security strategies. The survey provides insights into enterprises' mobile security deployment drivers and barriers, purchase plans and expenditures, cloud and SaaS solutions, security incidents, and familiarity with and ratings of mobile security vendors. Vendors named in the report include AirWatch, Apple, Avast, Check Point, Cisco, IBM, Juniper, Kaspersky, McAfee, Microsoft, MobileIron, RIM (Blackberry), Symantec/Norton, Trend Micro, Zenprise/Citrix, and others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.