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The future of mobile security according to CES 2014

The future of mobile security according to CES 2014

2/12/2014

From Jan. 7 to 10, more than 150,000 tech-lovers and industry professionals gathered in Las Vegas, eager to get a first glimpse of the next generation of mobile technology at the Consumer Electronics Show. CES 2014 was the largest show yet, taking place in an exhibit space of 2 million net square feet that hosted more than 3,200 exhibitors.

Beyond all the buzz about future smartphone and tablet models, one of the major issues addressed pertained to the role of mobile devices in the workplace. As businesses continue to implement bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, enabling data protection has become an increasingly prominent issue. Many corporate leaders like the idea of BYOD because it provides opportunities for improved employee productivity. When workers are able to use their personal devices to work from home or on the road, they become capable of handling a greater workload. At the same time, a mobile work environment could lead to a greater risk of a breach if precautions are not taken to protect company data stored on BYOD devices.

What we learned about mobile security at CES 2014
For tech enthusiasts like Patrick Moorhead, a Forbes contributor, the most exciting part of CES 2014 wasn't the announcement of a flashy new smartphone - it was Intel's announcement that it is securing Android devices with Android Device Protection Technology. As Moorhead suggests, this could enable Android devices to become more viable as a tool for the workplace, potentially allowing the brand to compete with Apple devices for dominance in the BYOD market.

One major implication of Intel's announcement is that tech companies may be beginning to recognize the importance of mobile security. While smartphone companies have made great efforts to stress how their devices may make users' lives more exciting and convenient, the issues of data protection and identity fraud have gone largely overlooked. The danger of malware attacks is a very real and growing problem - malware threats increased by 614 percent from March 2012 to March 2013, according to research from the Juniper Networks Mobile Threat Center. To ensure that personal data and identity remains protected, mobile phone users need to protect their phones to the fullest extent.

Moving forward safely with BYOD
When individuals use their smartphones or tablets for work purposes, this could give cybercriminals greater incentive to infiltrate the devices and steal valuable company data. For this reason, it is especially important for BYOD participants to protect their devices.  

It is crucial for smartphone owners to realize that ordinary mobile phone insurance does not provide them adequate protection. In order to safeguard their personal data and identities, mobile users will need a more comprehensive security plan. In addition to remaining compliant with company BYOD policies, device owners can benefit from ProtectCELL's data protection plan, allowing them to increase work productivity while ensuring that the confidentiality of company data remains intact.

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