Security software sales will surge over the next five years as businesses seek to increase protection against security attacks and data loss on mobile devices, according to an analyst.
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The Juniper Research report, Mobile Security Opportunities, shows only 4% of smartphones and tablets currently have installed third-party security software to protect against malware and viruses, device theft and data loss.
As a result, the analyst firm predicts the mobile security software market will increase from over $630m (£388m) in 2011 to $3.6bn (£2.2bn) in 2016, covering 227 million devices, as the need to protect personal and corporate data on mobile phones increases.
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The report's author, Nitin Bhas, said mobile security software will become as mainstream as internet security products for PCs and laptops.
"Mobile security software is rapidly becoming as essential on a handheld as it is on a desktop or notebook computer," said Nitin Bhas.
"The increasing popularity of smartphones and tablets makes this particularly relevant as many users are now accustomed to accessing e-mails, websites and performing online transactions on the move, thereby storing more and more potentially sensitive data," Bhas added.
Juniper Research predicts enterprises will comprise 69% of all mobile security buyers in five years' time, with security software for tablets overtaking smartphones.
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