Mobile Security Issues Among top Concerns for 2013

December 17, 2012

Bring your own device (BYOD) strategies have helped organizations in a variety of ways, from cost savings to enhancing employee productivity. However, with so many more laptops, tablets and smartphones being used to access corporate networks, BYOD also leads to some new security risks.

"Different platforms, operating systems and security models will make it more difficult to protect ourselves than ever before," said Raimund Genes, CTO of Trend Micro.

A recent Trend Micro study found that multiple mobile device and BYOD security issues will likely be prevalent in 2013. In particular, malware targeting Android devices are expected to see a major spike, and hackers will likely target cloud computing programs as well.

At the same time, not every piece of cybersecurity news is bleak.

"The good news is that the timing is perfect for security defenders to set new standards and deliver new solutions that will have a disturbing impact on the underground economy," Genes said.

In addition to traditional cybersecurity strategies, many mobile solutions are available to help company and IT leaders safeguard sensitive data. According to a recent Gartner report, for instance, 65 percent of enterprises will have implemented mobile device management programs by 2017.