Tablets favoured as businesses deploy more secure mobile apps

Organisations are increasingly installing secure enterprise applications on mobile devices

Organisations are increasingly installing secure enterprise applications on mobile devices as concerns over the security of bring your own device (BYOD) models gain traction, new figures from Good Technology have suggested.

The company's Q1 2014 Good Mobility Index Report found that the rate of activations for secure enterprise apps grew 57 percent quarter on quarter, up from 54 percent and 43 percent growth in the previous two quarters.

Secure browser apps were singled out as a particularly fast-growing category of app, with 2900 percent growth in the number of such apps seen during the quarter. This helped the category of app debut at #5 in the company's top-ten list of most-activated apps.

Good's mobile 'sandboxing' technology allows apps to be installed in secure containers designed to limit the ability of malware to affect or access other information on the device, as well as to improve manageability of corporate data by retaining control on the client device.

Statistics on the types of apps installed showed that a rapidly growing number of businesses were deploying custom mobile apps to their workforce, leveraging the company's Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform to boost the number of custom app installs by 77 percent – up from 55 percent growth in the previous quarter.

“Security is at the heart of every conversation we're having with customers,” Good Technology CEO and president Christy Wyatt said in a statement. “This quarter more than ever, we're seeing the data reflect the significant investment they are making to keep their data secure. Organisations are seeing there's no room, or reason, to compromise.”

Among the report's other findings were the facts that companies were activating more than twice as many apps on tablets as on smartphones, and that iOS devices held their lead over Android devices, accounting of 72 percent of total device activations in the quarter.

These figures confirm the takeup of Apple's iPad and iPhone as corporate devices, with Good's customer base inherently interested in securing the data and apps running on those devices.

They are consistent with recent findings from Ponemon Institute's 2014 State of the Endpoint report, in which 75 percent of security strategists saw mobile devices as the biggest threat to IT security.

Fully 60 percent of the Ponemon respondents found the growing number of mobile devices in the workplace to be the biggest security threat, while 51 percent were concerned by the growth in personal devices connected to the network.

And while 73 percent were most concerned about their ability to manage virus and malware detection on mobile devices, fully 70 percent of the Ponemon respondents said the ability to provision and control access through policies was most important to them.

Good's technology was certified last year by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) as being good enough to allow the protection of classified information.

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