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Mobile growth to boost security spending, says Juniper

IT departments are expected to buy more IT security products over the next four years, to support the explosion in mobile data access.

IT departments are expected to buy more IT security products over the next four years, to support the explosion in mobile data access.

A new study from Juniper Research predicts that by 2011 users will install anti-virus, VPN, data and file encryption and mobile identity management applications on mobile phone devices. Juniper Research estimates users will spend $5bn on this type of software.

Report author Alan Goode said, “Initially driven by the data-hungry mobile business user who has seen the benefits of data services such as e-mail, predominantly on their Blackberry devices, we will see mobile security products go mainstream by late 2008/early 2009.”

Identity theft, unauthorised access to corporate networks by mobile devices, and the growing threat of mobile viruses and malware is driving demand for mobile security.

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