Enterprise firms are facing a security headache as they attempt to increase their mobility without risking data loss.
Research from Gartner also indicates that the issue is only going to get more problematic over the next few years with the predicted explosion in Internet-connected devices.
Security analyst Dionisio Zumerle believes that part of the problem emerges when management staff focus on devices when an application-centric approach would be more effective. Apps often have the potential to access sensitive data contained on a mobile device, meaning information is only as secure as the software being used to store or transfer it.
Of course, applications also provide a huge number of benefits to employees, meaning CIOs have to balance the utility of mobile devices against the security risks they pose.