Mobile Security Landscape Challenging IT on How to Best Secure Mobile Deployments, According to New Research by VDC

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The enterprise mobility opportunity has led to a very fragmented mobile security landscape, with a broad range of vendors each bringing solutions to the market with their own value play/vision for how to best support enterprise deployment environments.

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49% of enterprises are not entirely satisfied with the level of security they can achieve with Mobile Device Management (MDM) software.

Ownership models, such as BYOD, are continuing to impact mobile security investments as manually managing mobile platforms in heterogeneous deployment environments is not viable or cost effective, according to a new report by VDC Research (click here to learn more). The continual and increased use of mobile devices in business settings was the catalyst that made managing mobile deployments with MDM solutions a cost effective and attractive solution. But enterprises are now actively engaged in providing their employees and customers access to applications and data behind their firewalls; this has predictably shifted the focus from managing devices to managing and securing applications. While not the investment barrier that it has been in years prior, security remains as a key issue that must be addressed as mobile access to corporate applications and data increases.

According to a recent VDC survey, nearly 50% of the respondents to a survey recently fielded by VDC indicate that they were not completely satisfied with the level of security they were being provided by their mobile device management vendor partner.

VDC expects that continued investment in device management solutions will drive adoption of mobile security-related products, as enterprises deploy advanced solutions to track, monitor and authorize corporate data access, as an increasing number of their employees bring their devices into the workplace. For this reason, we believe that mobile security vendors can expect to see continued investments in their solutions due to their ability to secure heterogeneous mobile deployment environments and help to prevent against data loss from lost, stolen, compromised, or decommissioned devices.

Device management will remain as a cornerstone of security policy for mobile deployments. The ability to detect rooting or jail-breaking of the operating system, remote lockdown, and wiping of the device data, hardware feature controls, and remote control of the device are key features that are requisite to properly protect mobile assets and limit risk in case the device is lost or stolen. However, while satisfaction levels amongst those that have deployed and MDM solution are solid, it is not enough.“There are numerous factors that organizations must consider when they evaluate and deploy mobile management solutions to address productivity and convenience while instituting mobile security policies that can help in mitigating against risks,” said Eric Klein, Senior Analyst for Enterprise Mobility at VDC Research. “Organizations are finding that a vanilla MDM solution is inadequate and recognizing that they need to employ additional protections to ensure their devices and infrastructure are secure. The constantly evolving threat landscape on mobile platforms has and will remain as a key challenge for IT organizations as their mobile workforces expand.”

As mobility becomes more engrained into business operations, the opportunity for major technology vendors (e.g., Citrix, Dell, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and VMware) to offer mobile security solutions that seamlessly integrate with their customers’ existing identity management infrastructure will become more pronounced. These vendors will find themselves well positioned to offer their customers mobile solutions that offer enhanced security, and will also be able to be aggressive with their pricing due to their market positioning.

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VDC Research is a leading technology market analyst firm covering the connected world, focusing on embedded devices and enterprise mobility. Founded in 1971, the firm provides critical market intelligence to the world's leading technology vendors, who rely on its analysts for the data, ideas, and insights they need to make impactful strategic decisions with confidence.

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