Mobile device security taking front stage as businesses try to get tighter grip on mobile gear


Campbell, CALIFORNIA, March 5, 2014—Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2014 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.


"Nearly every enterprise in North America needs a mobile security solution because they're either managing mobile devices they own, rolling out a structured BYOD program, or getting control of rogue employee-owned mobile devices that have been connected to the network. The lines between corporate and personal assets are blurring," says Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research.

"What the industry needs are solutions capable of securing all company- and employee-owned devices from the same console, to ensure an identical level of protection for all devices, which means deploying security in the network or cloud as well as on the device."


  • A majority of enterprises surveyed cited delivering solutions that effectively handle mobile application control and mixed personal and business use as strong drivers for deploying mobile device security
  • When it comes to providing mobile device security, nearly half of respondents place their trust in the device OS manufacturers, waiting for security features to be embedded into the OS itself rather than using overlay security solutions
  • About half of those surveyed have dealt with lost or stolen devices containing sensitive or proprietary data, but only 15% (or less) believe that remote wipe, device location, or disk/file/SD card encryption are key technologies for their mobile security solution


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For its 29-page mobile security survey, Infonetics interviewed purchase-decision makers at 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, security products and technologies, and familiarity with and ratings of mobile security vendors. Vendors named in the report include AirWatch, Apple, Check Point, Cisco, F-Secure, IBM, Juniper, Kaspersky, Lookout, McAfee, Microsoft, MobileIron, NQ Mobile Security, RIM, SmrtGuard, Symantec/Norton, Trend Micro, Webroot, Zenprise/Citrix, and others. To buy the survey, contact Infonetics: