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.
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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.