Cloud Ave: Thwarting the Mobile Data Security Threat

InsightaaS: Cloud Ave. is a site that examines cloud through both a technology and a business lens. In this post, Gilad Parann-Nissany, founder and CEO of Porticor Cloud Security,  discusses the explosion of mobile access devices and the accompanying requirement for mobile security. His conclusion? “Control your data security, not your devices.”

Mobile usage is up in the work force — and it is not about to go down. Check out these statistics:

  • Mobile broadband subscribers are forecasted to grow dramatically from 1 billion in 2011 to over 5 billion globally in 2016.
  • By 2015, more Americans will have mobile access to the internet than desktop PCs.
  • As of March 2012, 46% of adult Americans owned a smartphone.  That’s an increase from 35% in May 2011.
  • Gartner reported PC sales in general are down five quarters in a row.

It’s no wonder mobile devices are so popular.  As mobile devices have gotten more powerful, the available functions have increased and the ability to handle more work-related tasks has increased as well. With greater processing power, more and more data can be accessed through mobile devices.

There is value to both employers and their employees to having mobile access to data.  Improved efficiencies range from tracking employee time cards, sharing documents with staff, tracking inventory, and more…

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