Over 80 Percent of Smartphones Aren't Protected from Malware

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According to a recent Juniper Research report, more than 80 percent of all enterprise and consumer owned smartphone will remain unprotected through 2013, despite growing awareness of security threats and the availability of mobile security software (h/t Infosecurity).

The report attributes the low level of adoption of security software to several factors, including a relatively low level of consumer awareness about mobile device vulnerabilities and a general perception that security software is too expensive.

Still, Juniper says almost 1.3 billion mobile devices, including smartphones, feature phones and tablets, will have mobile security software installed by 2018, up from around 325 million in 2013.

The Juniper report also states that cyber criminals are transitioning their focus from PCs to mobile devices, across both enterprise and consumer segments.

While growth in the enterprise space for mobile security products is being fueled by increases in IT budgets, greater implementation of security policies, and training for employees, Juniper says the trend toward BYOD (bring your own devices) policies is making it increasingly challenging for enterprises to maintain a unified perspective on mobile platform security.