Mobile Security Needs Grow as BYOD Gains Popularity: IDC
Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives and mobile payment services require more robust mobile security planning, an IDC report says.The rise of mobile payments and wireless devices like smartphones and tablets means enterprises need to ensure they have the appropriate security infrastructure in place to guard against threats, according to an IDC Financial Insights report, Enterprise Mobile Device Security: Development Guidance to Tackle the Mobile Security Minefield", which examined ways IT security can be improved through mobile-device management (MDM) and mobile-application management (MAM). Adding to the complexity of the issue is the growing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, which allows employees to tie their own mobile devices into the company network for work purposes. As these initiatives gain steam, IDC said MDM tools such as robust security applications to remotely secure, monitor, encrypt and manage data, and MAM tools to ensure applications on and off the company network are secure will be of major importance.
"By 2012, the Asia-Pacific region will command 47 percent of the global smartphone pie, which is equivalent to 541 million units, Li-May Chew, CFA, associate director for IDC Financial Insights Asia-Pacific financial advisory service, said in a press statement. With the rise of smartphones, IDC expects malicious mobile softwareor malware such as viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware and other rogue applicationsto increase exponentially as we move into the future, and this will in return amplify demand for mobile security solutions in the Asia-Pacific."