News Scan: Samsung's enterprise push; Security worries stall mobile banking; more
>> Samsung launches Enterprise Services portfolio
Samsung this week launched its Enterprise Services portfolio of mobility offerings aimed at the enterprises. Samsung is teaming with Digital Management and OtterBox to offer a suite of enterprises services that include mobile device deployment ongoing device management, as well as a portfolio of accessories designed for enterprise customers. Samsung is integrating its Knox enterprise security platform and its Solutions Exchange into the Enterprise Services portfolio. Read more on Samsung Enterprise Services.
>> Mobile banking suffers from user security worries
Close to half of 583 U.S. internet users surveyed by Celent said that lack of trust in mobile phone security is the top reason they do not use mobile banking. The survey is cited in a new report from eMarketer, Privacy and Security in Financial Services: Reconciling Safety with Convenience in an Always-On World. Another survey cited in the report, this time by Jumio, found that 40 percent of U.S. adults do not protect their smartphone with a password or PIN. Read more about the eMarketer report.
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>> New BlackBerry CEO wants to restore firm's reputation among CIOs
BlackBerry's new CEO, John Chen, wants to restore the firm's reputation among enterprise customers as a way to revive the struggling company, Chen tells Computerworld in an interview. "I have spoken with carriers and CIOs and distributors and the conversation is always very positive. They see why it's good for the market to have a successful BlackBerry. I seem to get meetings easily. They want us to be successful. There's a lot of good will out there," Chen relates. As part of that plan, BlackBerry this week hired Ron Louks, former CEO of OpenNMS Group, as the firm's new president of devices and emerging solutions. Read more on the Chen interview.
>> ICO warns UK firms about BYOD risks
The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is warning firms about the security risks posed by the BYOD trend. ICO advises firms to ensure that personal devices are secure and have encryption in place and that employees do not use unsecured services, such as public cloud storage, according to a report by V3.co.uk. "As the line between our personal and working lives becomes increasingly blurred it is critical that employers have a clear policy about personal devices being used at work," says Simon Rice, ICO group manager for technology. Read more on ICO's BYOD advice.
>> Mobile device, PC shipments to reach 2.5 billion units this year
Worldwide shipments of PCs and mobile devices are forecast by Gartner to reach 2.5 billion units this year, up 7.6 percent from 2013. Close to 2 billion mobile phones are expected to be shipped this year, a 5 percent increase from 2013. Ultramobiles--including tablets, hybrids and clamshells--will become the main driver of growth in the mobile device market from 2014, with a growth rate of 54 percent. Users of mobile devices running the Android operating system are expected to reach 1 billion this year. Read more on Gartner's forecasts.
[More on mobile device shipments: Tablets shipments soar, while PC shipments plummet, says Gartner | Apple caught in Android, Windows Phone squeeze]