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10 Statistics That Highlight the Explosive Growth of Mobile

Don Schuett
July 11, 2016

For many employees, desktop computing is a thing of the past. Or, at the very least, advances in mobile technology over the past few years have made it easier than ever to work remotely. What once required a computer can now often be done on a smartphone.

That’s a good thing in many instances, but how is it affecting large companies with large workforces? Are they truly embracing the mobile trend, or are they pushing it off and choosing instead to stick to their old ways?

As it turns out, the answer lies somewhere in between. While many employees of large companies rely heavily on mobile devices to get work done, there’s a gap between how those devices are being used and how they should be used.

To that end, here’s a collection of 10 statistics that highlight the explosive growth of mobile (all information courtesy of IBM Security):

  1. By 2016, there will be over 2 billion smartphone users with over 268 billion mobile downloads by 2017
  2. 64% of decision-makers read their email via mobile devices
  3. 60% of employees access content from outside the office
  4. 76% of organizations plan to invest more in mobile technologies in 2016-2017
  5. There are 387 new threats every minute, or more than six every second
  6. 97% of top paid Android apps, and 87% of top paid iOS apps, have been hacked
  7. 50% of organizations say content theft and leakage are their top concerns
  8. 2.2 billion malicious attacks on computers and mobile devices were blocked in Q1 2015
  9. Through 2017, 75% of all mobile security breaches will be through apps
  10. The annual U.S. cost of a cyber-crime is $11.56 million per organization

As you can see, the explosive growth in mobile isn’t the only thing taking place in the enterprise—we’re also seeing a tremendous increase in the frequency and severity of threats and attacks to mobile security. Though the growth of mobility is generally perceived as a positive thing, companies would be wise to prioritize security as they continue investing in mobility efforts.

Unfortunately, it remains to be seen how detrimental the growing mobile security threat will be to companies’ efforts to invest in mobile devices and applications. One thing is for certain, however: companies that don’t invest in staying ahead of the mobile threat curve are putting themselves at risk—even if they have otherwise sound mobility programs.

How is your company using mobility? Have you had an experience with a mobile device in the workplace that’s left you with questions? Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn—we’d love to hear about it!

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