IDC: Portable threats set to rocket

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IDC: Portable threats set to rocket

Worldwide mobile security license and maintenance revenue is expected to exceed US$200 million today, according to a new forecast from research firm IDC.

This figure is set to soar over the next five years as the mobile worker population increases and portable devices, such as laptops and mobile phones, become smaller, the research said.

The analyst firm predicts that the number of lost or stolen removable devices, along with the sensitive corporate information they contain, is set to rocket over the same period. 

“For most enterprises today, device-based security, such as device wipe/lock and encryption of the data on the tool, are the most important features that a mobile security solution must contain,” said Stacy Sudan, research analyst for IDC's Mobile Enterprise Software.

“But in the future, secure content and threat management features like mobile firewall, mobile VPN and mobile antivirus will begin to gain increased importance for companies seeking to secure further aspects of enterprise mobility.”
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