Mobile security top enterprise bogeyman

Summary:Enterprises are feverishly securing multiple devices and protecting corporate apps as employees bring a wide range of gadgets to work.

The bring your own device movement has become a big security headache for technology executives, who need to offer choice, support multiple devices and secure data, according to a Forrester Research survey.

The survey's findings break down like this:

  • 55 percent of executives expect to support more devices in the next 12 months.
  • 66 percent of employees use two or more devices such as a desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet. 
  • 12 percent of employees use tablets.
  • 16 percent of employees use four devices.
  • 52 percent of companies are focused on supporting mobile workers better.
  • 18 percent of companies are implementing enterprise application stores.

But the worry for tech execs revolves around securing devices and applications. As a result, mobile decision makers are planning to spend heavily on mobile device management tools in the next 12 months. That reality could be a boon to the struggling Research in Motion, which has focused on managing BlackBerry devices as well as the popular Apple iOS and Android smartphones.

Here's the priority list for enterprises:

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Topics: Security, Mobility

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Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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