Mobile Device Management Security a Top Concern
A recent survey conducted by security firm McAfee has revealed that around 76 percent organizations are planning to implement at least one key mobility initiative to improve their operations within the next 6 to 12 months.
The McAfee Trust Digital Survey, which involved inputs from 150 Fortune 500 CTOs and CIOs, informed that the transition to mobile applications will include integration of infrastructure, offering more device choices to employees and apps aimed at increasing the productivity.
However, device security and management remain the foremost security concerns for the companies which are planning to move their operations to mobile devices. Apart from this, several IT executives cited application management and compliance management as two of the most major challenges they would face while mobilizing their operations.
According the company, several enterprise mobile users are not satisfied with carrying two mobile phones, one for home and the other for office, while some of them don’t want to use mobile phones that only allow them to make calls, send text messages and access their email.
This sudden demand for use of multitasking smartphones within the organisations has prompted them to deploy mobile applications that will allow users to carry out their jobs from their devices. As McAfee reports, around 76 percent of the organisations are planning on mobilizing their operations in the coming months.
The survey also revealed that most companies used smartphone maker Research in Motion’s BlackBerry devices while 45 percent of them were planning to support Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android based devices owing to increasing demand from employees. Another survey conducted by web analytics firm Crowd Science reveals that around 40 percent BlackBerry users are planning to purchase Apple’s iPhone while one-third of them are willing to move to Android based smartphones.