Mobile Security Investments Rising: Canalys ReportBy Nathan Eddy | Print
Mobile security uptake is anticipated to rise rapidly as enterprises conform to data protection and compliance practices.
Canalys forecasts that worldwide investments in mobile security will grow an average of 44.2 percent per year over the next five years, reaching $759.8 million by the end of 2011 and turning into a $3 billion market opportunity in 2015. According to Canalys figures, only 4 percent of smartphones and smart pads shipped in 2010 had some form of mobile security downloaded and installed, suggesting a low user awareness level and the relative infancy of the market.
Mobile security uptake is anticipated to rise rapidly over the next four years, as enterprises conform more strictly to data protection and compliance practices, and consumers understand the impending security threat to their personal data. Canalys forecasts that by 2015 over 20 percent of smartphones and smart pads will have mobile security software installed.
Over the next two years, Canalys said it expects device management to drive adoption of mobile security-related products, with businesses deploying solutions to track, monitor and authorize corporate data access, as consumers bring their devices into the workplace. "These solutions will increasingly be tied to enterprise app stores, so that only approved apps can be downloaded and only devices with approved apps installed can access corporate resources," the report noted.
After that period, the threat landscape is predicted to become extremely volatile, as more hackers target mobile devices as a means to financial gain. Enterprises and consumers alike will increasingly implement mobile security solutions to remove problems that have already infected their devices, the report warned. This will turn mobile client security into the main driver, with device management a required layer in a more complete solution. Canalys expects mobile client security, which includes antivirus, firewall, messaging security, Web threat security, VPN functionality and encryption, to grow on average by 54.6 percent each year to 2015. Canalys said it also expects a strong parallel to emerge between Android operating system growth and the volume of mobile malware threats, as the potential for more people to download compromised applications rises.
"We’re encouraging enterprises to build a framework for mobile security that encompasses people, policies, processes and technologies," said Canalys research analyst Nushin Hernandez. "This vision will also create the most opportunity for channel partners, if they can step in and act as the main point of strategic consulting across multivendor product offerings."
Hernandez said enterprises around the world are struggling to manage a growing mobile workforce, using multiple devices and operating systems and increased data consumption. Mobility multiplies the number of attack vectors open to cyber-criminals and renders corporate data more vulnerable through physical loss of devices. Users, meanwhile, have a tendency to treat smartphones and smart pads as low risk, without understanding the security implications of using these devices to access corporate data and networks. "Enterprises must adopt a holistic view of mobile security, as there is no single solution that provides complete protection," said Hernandez. "A more robust approach, even compared to that used to protect typical notebooks and desktops, is needed."
Canalys expects channel-led deals to work best with vendors that offer value-add services, such as management and installation support. "Vendors will have to equip channel partners with the necessary technical training and tools, especially specialization programs, to enable them to advise on the best mobility security practices, policies and solutions," said Hernandez. "Channel partners, in turn, are advised to build up their portfolios and explore the possibility of acquiring or joining forces with resellers that sell device-management solutions."