Main analysts predict that 2012 top technological trends are very much related with "mobility": tablets, mobile centric applications, application store and marketplace. The evolution of mobile devices are the catalyst for a new significant change in the life of the people and in the activities within the enterprises.
Symantec has released the results of its 2012 State of Mobility Survey that included 6,275 organizations—from small businesses to large enterprises—across 43 countries.
As you can see in the infographics below it comes out that there have been significant changes in the usage of mobile devices and applications: mobile devices are now mainstream business tools and business agility is the main driver for mobile adoption from organizations, being efficiency their top goal.
Organizations are also aware of risks coming from the adoption of mobile, appearing on the top 3 of 41% of organizations, more than any other.
Enterprises have already suffered a variety of losses, measured by direct financial expenses, loss of data, and damage to the brand or loss of customer trust.
It is not surprising that half of the organizations see mobile computing as somewhat to extremely challenging.
In my opinion the key recommendation is to make an effort to understand as soon as possible the mobile risks and threats you will need to mitigate according your mobile business plan and the potential impact of BYOD trend in your organization.
Mobile security and management should be integrated into the overall enterprise framework and administered using compatible solutions and unified policies, that should include DLP, encryption and strong authentication.