Bring your own device or BYOD will expand to include PCs in 2013 and beyond, according to 2013 Forrester mobile security predictions.
More than half of today's employees already purchase their own smartphones and tablets for work and soon personal devices will become the norm in enterprise computing.
Over 70 percent of organisations have some form of a BYOD programme, and 62 percent of those who use a smartphone for work and 56 percent of those who use a tablet for work purchased the device themselves.
Analysis of survey data of about 10,000 global information workers shows that seamless, on-demand mobile "virtualisation" will overtake mobile device management (MDM) technologies.
Better connectivity will encourage the proliferation of HTML5 enterprise apps and more innovations will be seen in secure mobile browser technologies this year.
Innovations in secure mobile browser technologies will facilitate controls for security and privacy on the device.
Risk of abuse is high
The risk of abuse is expected to become higher due to increased business pressure to collect mobile data and the lack of industry standards and regulatory controls.
Not much change is expected in the privacy regulatory landscape this year but identity-based mobile services will drive enterprises and IT departments to emphasise more on privacy.
The mobile market is evolving rapidly giving room to new innovations as well as for established players to develop new revenue opportunities.
IT will have to expand remote access to corporate content and data that traditionally live behind the firewall. Investments are required in wireless infrastructure, wireless services, and mobile security measures.
App architects will flock to HTML5 to take advantage of connectivity paving the way for more HTML5 deliveries.
2013 will also see an increasing number of mobile services built on real-time user analytics, and this will allow innovative business models.
Forrester suggests operators to consider teaming up with MDM technology providers to offer device/app management and mobile security services for SMBs and small enterprises.
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