By: Becky Bracken
Itâ€™s a natural evolution, really. Now that weâ€™ve unlocked the key to flinging data all over the place â€” from the cloud to mobile devices and back again â€” the next question, naturally, is how to
keep that data secure while itâ€™s being flung far and wide.
Particularly in North America, the mobile-enabled workforce is taking shape. Itâ€™s also whatâ€™s driving the BYOD frenzy. Almost every job can be made that much easier with a mobile handheld
computer â€” and everyone has their own brand of choice. Businesses understand that employees armed with smartphones are productive, happier and cost less to manage.
Frost & Sullivanâ€™s survey of 300 mobile and wireless decision makers revealed that while 35 percent of businesses have deployed MWFM applications, many have delayed adoption because they lack
the in-house expertise to deploy. SaaS, or Security as a Service, solutions allow in-house IT departments to focus on business- and industry-specific tasks.
The question is one of security. Keeping business data in the cloud and offering many employees access to that data demands thoughtful security considerations. Security as a Service is shaping up
to be an attractive solution for enterprises today to easily and cheaply solve their individual â€” and constantly emerging â€” security issues.
Infonetics reports that the mobile segment of the security client market jumped an astounding 76 percent in 2011, and predicts continued double-digit growth through 2016, five times faster than
the desktop segment. Mobile security is driving the market, and the industry is turning its attention to creating the solutions.
â€śComing off the spike in 2011, the perennially strong desktop-security client segment is slowing as companies turn their attention to mobile and cloud-based security solutions,â€ť noted Jeff
Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research. â€śMore and more consumers and enterprises are using smartphones and tablets in place of traditional desktops and laptops, fueling an
increase in mobile malware and the need for mobile-specific security products. As a result we expect mobile solutions to grow to over a third of the total security-client software market by
Major mobile carriers are working to meet the changing demand for mobile SaaS solutions, and rushing to partner with SaaS providers to offer customers a mobile app for smartphones to protect
against malware. Verizon worked with McAfee and Asurion to develop Verizon Mobile Security, a new app for Android 2.1 and higher that protects against malware and other threats.