At the turn of the 21st century, if you'd asked an engineer about how IT security challenges would evolve in the next 10 years, you probably wouldn't hear about anything close to what challenges we face today. In 2007, Apple (News - Alert) released a device that, for better or worse, has changed the way we look at phones and live our lives. The release of the iPhone prompted what would forever be known as the mobile revolution, and it brought with it a bunch of security implications that virtually no one could have imagined.
Understandably, a study from CA (News - Alert) Technologies, called “TechInsights Report: Enterprise Mobility – It's All About the Apps,” demonstrates that 71 percent of firms in the U.K. are concerned about security and privacy. The U.K.'s enormous concern overwhelms the statistics, as only 37 percent of firms in Europe and 28 percent of those in the U.S. express the same concerns.
The research is also showing us that more than half (59 percent) of organizations based in the U.K. (again, the highest percentage in the entire European continent) had to turn their security strategies topsy-turvy to accommodate the aforementioned mobile revolution.
For the most part, these security accommodations are giving more benefits to customer than to the firms themselves. Some 35 percent of the firms participating in the study have seen an increase in happy customers. However, employee productivity has plummeted in these organizations, scoring lower than in most other countries in the same continent.
James Rendell, technical strategist for mobility at CA Technologies (News - Alert), said that organizations must adopt mobile security measures or risk being left behind. “Unless organizations adopt an effective and integrated mobility management solution, the mobile devices quickly become mobile paperweights,” he said. “To survive and win, they need to break away from their current siloed approach to mobility and choose a solution that addresses technology convergence, change, and evolution, and which focuses on end-user experience to deliver higher quality business services.”