More mobile devices to carry third-party security software

12 Jan 2010

A growing number of mobile devices will boast third-party security software and according to research the number of phones with software installed is set to rise to 77 million globally by 2014.

According to Juniper Research’s new report – Endpoint Security for Business: Desktops, Laptops & Mobile Devices 2009-2014, the value of data on corporate mobile handsets, and the need to protect it, will boost the number of corporate devices using security software to 77.7 million by 2014, even though an anticipated flood of malware that was expected to hit mobile devices has not materialised.

The security report also found that Europe will dominate the market for mobile security, owing to its thriving smart-phone market, followed by the US, China and Southeast Asia.

“Improvements to the underlying security of the mobile operating system, shorter replacement cycles and concerted efforts by the mobile industry to avoid the problems seen in the PC world have so far kept the malware threat to the mobile device at bay,” says Anthony Cox, senior analyst at Juniper Research.

However, the report notes that the increasing value of information held on the mobile device will be a significant factor in driving the uptake of security on the corporate mobile handset.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years