Android Security Roundup: Mobile Natives, What’s Driving Mobile Security Spending, and More

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Android SecuredPeople often tend to think of security as one of the biggest impediments to the adoption of mobile technologies and applications in the enterprise. The reality is quite different. As a story on Android Secured titled “Adoption Of Mobile App Development Slower Than Expected In Enterprises” shows, security is not nearly as much of an issue as resource availability, lack of processes and budgetary constraints.

Progress Software recently surveyed 3,000 IT decision makers and developers on trends in enterprise mobile application development and found that a lack of skills is the biggest hurdle to adoption. Some 57% of those involved in mobile apps are brand new, 47% develop one mobile app or less per year, and 19% of developers said they have no time for mobile app development. Though enterprises say they are interested in mobile apps, most of the development focus is on IoT and application modernization projects.

Other stories of note in this week’s collection on Android Secured include the following:

Data Loss Fears Drive Increased Spending on Mobile Security

Respondents in a recent survey by IDG said they plan to increase spending on mobile security controls over the next 12 months because of growing concerns over data losses stemming from the use of mobile devices in the workplace. What’s really revealing about the survey is that nearly three-quarters of the respondents said their organizations had suffered a data breach because of holes in their mobile environment. Nearly 40% pointed to mobile app vulnerabilities as the cause, while almost the same number blamed mobile malware.

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The Mobile Natives Are Coming

Forget about the digital natives. Over the next few years an entire new generation of people is going to start entering the workplace that has been weaned almost exclusively on mobile technologies. These always-online mobile natives are going to expect to be able to use their smartphones and tablets in the workplace and will likely have little patience for desktops, notebooks and other enterprise staples. Are you ready?

OCR Sets Up HIPPA Guidance Site For Mobile App Developers

Mobile apps have the potential to transform the healthcare space, but a lack of fundamental privacy and security controls in many apps pose a big problem for stakeholders. That’s one of the reason why the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched a website last week for developers of mobile healthcare apps. The site will give developers guidance on what they need to do to ensure their apps comply with the security and privacy requirements of HIPAA.

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About Jaikumar Vijayan

Vijayan is a freelance journalist and technology content writing specialist with 20+ years of award-winning experience in IT trade journalism. He is a former Senior Editor at Computerworld Inc.and is a frequent contributor to Christian Science Monitor Passcode, Computerworld, Dark Reading, eWEEK and other publications. Vijayan is the author of BlackBerry's "The Definitive Guide to Mobile Security: Strategies and Tactics for Business & IT Decisionmakers" e-book on mobile security and an author of security white papers for the SANS Institute.

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