I am absolutely blown away with what is going on in the mobile world and the latest numbers from IDC demonstrate the fact that mobile is breaking every record. A year on year growth of 57% for Smartphone shipments compared to last year. Do I need to say more? These devices will be used for business and private matters and they function merely as a pc. So what is the difference? I think that we don’t consider that question enough, we simply use it together with all the features we can get our hands on; mobile banking and payments, browsing the web, reading emails, downloading apps, gathering intelligence, and the list goes on... So why should we separate the way we manage mobile devices from any other device or endpoint connected to our network?
Adaptive Mobile did a report last year on the mobile threats and their key conclusions were that mobile scams are way more profitable than the traditional pc scams (2% conversion rate compared to 0,000008%) and guess what, this will only make it more attractive as there is more money to be made by criminal minds. In addition the methods to compose mobile malware and similar will be faster, since the structure and base are already in place and only small adjustments are needed to make it work in the mobile world. So again, the difference between securing mobile devices and any other device or endpoint should not be that big, they all need to be managed to provide the possibility to protect the information on the device, or information being accessed through the mobile device.
We are rapidly approaching Mobile World Congress 2012 and mobile briefings, meetings, analysis, events, planning and more is part of my mobile world. It will be a great show (the forecasted 60 000 attendees kind of confirm that) and I look forward to demonstrating the up and coming solutions for the mobile world, that will contibute to making it a secure mobile world.
Visit Symantec at MWC 2012 - hall 8 at booth #A171 and schedule a meeting with our business or technical experts.