Weak Mobile Security Poses Enterprise Threat

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 10-01-2013 Email

“Are consumers are willing to pay for antivirus software on their mobile devices?” is a question that Gartner asked in an online consumer survey at several of its events from February through December 2012. Gartner found high consumer use of personal mobile devices for work, but a low willingness to pay for security software compared to their willingness to secure desktops and laptops. This represents an opportunity and challenge for security providers that try to assist the enterprise with the security implications of pre-BYOD initiatives, according to the report, which is based on 647 responses from sophisticated and IT-savvy users worldwide. The study outlines the impact of the BYOD trend on security and offers recommendations for product managers, consumer security vendors and online commerce service providers. "The current awareness of security and its impact on users of mobile devices is likely to change," says Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner. "Gartner expects attacks to focus increasingly on mobile platforms as they become more popular. This is likely to make consumers show more interest in security products that address mobile devices and acquire mobile security as part of a broader consumer endpoint security platform.” For a copy of the Gartner report, click here.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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