The enterprise mobile security market is expanding rapidly, yet faces unforeseen growth challenges. Adding BYOD to the picture gives CIO’s heartburn due to rapid mobile technology changes and the dynamics of the mobility market.
Life Before the Mobile Storm
Less than a decade ago, IT management managed a few mobile devices, most notably the BlackBerry phone. In partnership with RIM, the devices, IT and users had few problems with messaging applications on corporate servers. So much for RIM and BlackBerry, whose fall from grace reduced RIM from an acknowledged giant to a minor industry player.
Mobile Storm Surges Ahead
But as Ken Khouri of IBM Global Technology, pointed out in a recent MobileBeyond podcast, BYOD is pervasive within the enterprise mobile security market. The adoption of the iPhone, Android, and other mobile OS devices is an unstoppable ocean wave that will engulf ill-prepared companies.
Corporate vs. Personal Data on Mobile Devices
Monitoring sensitive data on mobile handsets, however, requires expertise. Today’s smartphone workforce user downloads and deletes dozens of commercial apps for personal pleasure, yet wants immediate access to company data to maximize productivity.
The Enterprise Mobile Security Market
Convincing workforces, IT staff, and other stakeholders about the need for mobile and mobility security procedures is the most critical organizational challenge. The threat of data breach or financial loss to workers and companies is too threatening to avoid MDM and BYOD planning.
Mobile Device Management – Good Technology (BlackBerry)
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