Mobile security top enterprise bogeyman

Enterprises are feverishly securing multiple devices and protecting corporate apps as employees bring a wide range of gadgets to work.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

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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