A new report from Juniper Research has forecast that the number of employee owned smartphones and tablets used in the enterprise will exceed 1 billion by 2018, as the growing trend of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) redefines business connectivity. This represents almost 35% of the total installed base of consumer owned tablets and smartphones.
Consequently, the report notes that there are a number of issues and implications that need to be addressed and a single policy or measure may not be sufficient while devising future BYOD strategies.
The BYOD Risks Landscape
The new report, Mobile Security: BYOD, mCommerce, Consumer & Enterprise 2013-2018, found that whilst BYOD has the potential to benefit organisations in terms of enhanced employee satisfaction and productivity, the threat from unprotected employee mobile devices is of significant importance.
Juniper Research contends that for businesses adopting BYOD, there is a need to consider mobile devices as just another endpoint – while devising measures to mitigate the challenges and the risks of managing a multi-platform environment.
Steady Growth in the Consumer Segment
Growth in the mobile security market is currently being driven by the Enterprise segment particularly in the areas of BYOD and mobile device management.
In the consumer segment, Juniper forecasts a steady growth in revenue for security software, approaching 40% of the global mobile security sales revenue by the end of 2018. This will be driven primarily by increased consumer awareness of available security solutions and – critically – of the risks posed by fraud and malware to data stored on and accessible via their smartphones and tablets.