Juniper Research: More than 80% of smartphones are unprotected

More than 80 per cent of the total enterprise and consumer-owned smartphone device base will remain unprotected through 2013, despite a steadily increasing consumer awareness of mobile security products, according to a new report from Juniper Research. The company said the low level of adoption of security software can be attributed to a number of factors, including the relatively low consumer awareness about online attack on mobile devices and a widespread consumer perception that the price of security products is excessive. The report found that nearly 1.3 billion mobile devices--including smartphones, feature phones and tablet--are expected to have mobile security software installed by 2018, up from around 325 million this year. The company also warns that for enterprises, the bring-your-own-device trend means that a single policy or measure may not be sufficient and a unified perspective on mobile platform risks is critical. Report

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