Since last couple of years, we have seen a huge spike in smart phone and tablet sales. CES 2013 focused on a brand new range of tablets and mobile devices to change the mobile game a bit more. With Google’s Android providing tough competition to Apple’s iPhone, nearly 80% of the world has a smart phone commonly used to shop, bank, entertain and network. Gartner predicts sales of 1.2 billion smart phones and tablets in
2013, a 50% increase over 2012. No doubt, enterprise mobility is set to evolve in 2013.
In the years to follow, mobile platforms and devices will consolidate, which will make developers focus on cross platform applications or hybrid application and as HTML5 is going to update its standards, this will be the most wanted technology in the market. The dominant platforms like iOS and Android in consumer world will try to replace RIM’s Blackberry from the enterprise world. Companies will analyze how mobile technologies can generate business values for their organizations. All these changes will cause employees to bring their own personal devices to
workplace, making security a big issue for administrators.
To minimize security breaches MDM (Mobile device Management) and MAM (Mobile Application management) are gaining acceptance. These technologies will allow for secure monitoring of mobile devices and applications. At the same time, business managers would need to maintain a competitive edge which means usage of smart phones, tablets in public networks will grow and so will the need to protect sensitive business data, customer contacts, invoices, databases.
Many companies have discovered away to resolve security issues and get ‘bang for the IT buck’. It is mobile security techniques that will help the admin to track or monitor all kind of devices. It enables to block malware and entry to malicious websites as well as detect attacks. Some MDS (Mobile Device Security) can monitor, block and log calls and send SMS, MMS based on user policy of organizations. And the most important point to note is Data Protection – all these with reduced cost and lots of flexibility will be the mantra of the future.
To get full control of BYOD it will surely take time but the speed at which mobile industry is progressing with advanced hardware and software, organizations have to find better policies or security techniques to get most of Enterprise mobility with minimum risk.