Parsippany, NJ (PRWEB) December 15, 2006
According to a new mobile communications report issued by InfoTech: The Telecom Intelligence Group, two-thirds of enterprise decision-makers now are willing to seek outside assistance when it comes to securing their wireless communications solutions.
The new study, "Securing the Wireless Workplace: Partnering With The Enterprise," examines current enterprise practices regarding the security of wireless communications at the device, application and infrastructure levels. It also delves into enterprise preferences regarding third-party security partnerships.
"Uncovering and addressing the disconnect between perceived and actual wireless security progress may be a security-services provider's first challenge with prospective customers," says Jeanine Sterling, vice president for the InfoTrack for Enterprise Mobility research and intelligence program, and author of the study. "The survey responses of our proprietary, 2,600-member global enterprise research panel consisting of CIOs and IT decision makers revealed an interesting progression in attitude. At first, respondents painted a rosy picture of the wireless security measures their companies have put in place, describing their wireless communications security levels as 'excellent' or 'very good' on all major elements."
She continues, "However, upon further questioning, only a small portion of these same companies have comprehensively defined formal wireless security policies, conducted regular security audits or even trained their employees on wireless risks and rules. Pretty quickly, as they answered more detailed questions about current security mechanisms, a sizeable portion of our survey respondents began describing themselves as being 'very concerned' about the security and integrity of their business information when utilizing mobile handhelds, mobile applications, and wireless LANs."
Preferences regarding with whom to partner on security can differ by company size. Cellular carriers and WLAN providers are two of the most popular choices at this time. Company size also impacts the criteria used to select a wireless security partner. An ability to address the security needs of all wireless communications elements - devices, applications, links - is paramount.
"Customers place high value on partners that are able to take a holistic approach to wireless security. After that, key selection criteria diverge according to company headcount," Sterling clarifies. From very small businesses to very large, such elements as local geographic presence, ability to demonstrate ROI and participating in security-standards working groups each have different impacts on the purchase decision-making process.
In addition to examining partner preferences, "Securing the Wireless Workplace: Partnering With the Enterprise" identifies the extent to which specific security measures are being implemented - or are not being implemented - in today's companies. "There are a number of factors inciting major levels of heartburn with today's security managers," Sterling adds. "If you want to be a contender in the wireless security-services field, you will, frankly, be able to speak to a customer's entire wireless communications environment - or quickly bring in other experts who can assist."
For more information on "Securing the Wireless Workplace: Partnering With The Enterprise" and to read an excerpt and the Table of Contents, visit http://www.telecomweb.com/IEMwirelessworkplace/ or contact Craig Born at 973/602-0123.
About The Telecom Intelligence Group
The Telecom Intelligence Group includes market-intelligence provider InfoTech; TelecomWeb and TelecomWeb news break; newsletters Wireless Business Forecast, Broadband Business Forecast, Telecom Policy Report and Inside Digital TV; tariff consultancy Tarifica; and the Web-based business-telephony-product database TelecomTactics. For more information, please visit http://www.TelecomWeb.com.
The Telecom Intelligence Group publishes a series of six annual reports on enterprise mobile and wireless communications as part of its InfoTrack for Enterprise Mobility Program. 2007 topics will include: An update on Fixed-Mobile Convergence, Mobile Support Solutions and Preferred Partners, Mobile/Wireless Communications Security, and Integrating Location-Based Services into the Mobile Workplace.
Sharon Valencik, marketing director, 800/610-3109
Jeanine Sterling, vice president and program director, 586/228-0687