This week, we examine the many ways the enterprise is investing in mobile technologies and applications.
Accounting for Information, Security on User-Owned Devices
As more employees become empowered through their own personal mobile devices, the more risk it may present to companies. User-owned smartphones and tablets are considered individual-liable (IL) devices. As a result, any corporate email and data access activity running through them remains subject to compliance regulations and auditing and discovery rules.
Companies could buy employees their own devices, but employees don't want to carry separate gadgets for work and for personal use. In the meantime, the Aberdeen Group, which released a report, Improve Efficiency and Reduce Costs by Automating Mobility Management, recommends building a clear action plan to automate workflows for managing enterprise mobility.
For companies that have yet to invest in mobile technologies, a U.S. survey from Canalys shows that 86% of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have not yet adopted mobile-phone security throughout their organizations. The gap between the growing number of mobile phones, especially smartphones, and their secure use signifies that smaller companies are having issues keeping up with the appropriate protective measures.
Adding insult to injury, the types of mobile phones being used by employees can also affect the security risks as well. The survey showed that Blackberry and Android phones were the most popular and analysts believe that Android could pose the biggest threat to mobile phone security. Among SMBs without a mobile phone security solution, 66% claimed it is an important issue, with this number increasing to 91% for those with mobile-phone security already in place. SMBs cited lack of awareness and cost as the greatest barriers to the adoption of security measures.
Investing in Mobile
This week a few mobile initiatives received funding, among them Kik and Breezy.
Kik Interactive, the company behind the cross-platform mobile messaging application Kik Messenger, closed an $8 million round of Series A funding with RRE Ventures, Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures. Thanks to this funding, the company, which launched in October, will enter its next phase of development, which includes the launch of group messaging and picture sharing features.
Breezy, a mobile startup that helps users print and fax documents from their phones, raised $750,000 from SoftTech VC, Accel Partners, and Felicis Ventures. Breezy’s mobile app allows users to fax as well as print documents from their phone. Funds raised will help Breezy promote its partner network, which will allow users to print in hotels, copy shops, and other partner locations.