According to a new report from Juniper Research entitled "Mobile Security Strategies: Threats, Solutions & Market Forecasts 2012-2017," only five percent of smartphones and tablets worldwide have security software installed.
"The report forecasts that both corporate and personal users will begin to recognize the need to protect their data and the demand for mobile security products will increase over the next five years to a point where 1 in 5 mobile devices will be protected by third party security software," writes IntoMobile's Dusan Belic.
"Among its other key findings, the report shared that the number of protected consumer devices will overtake protected enterprise devices by 2015, driven by BYOD trends," Tech2 reports. "It added that employee-owned smartphones and tablets used in the enterprise will touch almost 350 million by 2014."
"There’s also an opportunity, Juniper said, for certain stakeholders," Infosecurity reports. "Between now and 2017, as the security threat increases and users become more aware of these issues, mobile operators and device vendors need to recognize the potential value that can be achieved by integrating key security features such as device-tracking or 'lock and wipe’ functionality into their product offerings for customers."
"Bundling mobile security apps along with other managed services will not only provide incremental revenue for the service providers, but will also help them guarantee better customer satisfaction and churn," report author Nitin Bhas said in a statement.