The number of smartphones and tablets being brought into work will almost double by 2014, raising security fears.
The figure is expected to reach 350 million by 2017, compared to almost 150 million this year, representing almost 23% of the total installed base of consumer-owned tablets and smartphones, according to Juniper Research.
Juniper said the 'Bring Your Own Device' (BYOD) concept has been a growing trend for some years now as employees become more accustomed to using their own mobile computing devices in their jobs.
The research also claimed that rapid adoption of high-end smartphones and tablets such as iPhones, iPads and Android devices, along with the number of easily accessible apps, is driving the BYOD concept. Cloud-based services, accessible from almost anywhere, have also been a key factor.
However, the ‘Mobile Security Strategies: Threats, Solutions & Market Forecasts 2012-2017’ report said that while this trend can bring productivity benefits to businesses, it also poses potential security risks.
In particular, the report found that the majority of employee’s phones and smart devices did not have any form of security software loaded, nor were company materials protected. Juniper's research provided a detailed assessment of the mobile security threat and the growing market for security solutions.
The report's author Nitin Bhas observed: 'While BYOD has become an ‘inevitable’ trend for enterprise, businesses need to create new end user IT policies and address the key security issues emerging. New device management policies and security measures need to be put in place.'
The report also suggested that the public sector would be late adopters of the BYOD concept. Western Europe will account for the highest number of consumer-owned devices within the enterprise.
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