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Evaluation of Mobile Device Security PoliciesIntroduction Mobile devices are an essential part of everyday lives as they provide users with access to wide variety of internet based services Mobile devices can provide the functionality of personal computers PCs and provide high speed connectivity options such as 80211 GSM GPRS UMTS HSPA and LTE This has led to a rapid diffusion of smartphones and an increased prevalence of smartphones as the target of malicious attacks As the market for mobile devices has grown marketers have sought to differentiate their devices from others through the use of different operating systems This has allowed attackers to exploit vulnerabilities in the mobile devices The increase in the number of smartphone vendors Samsung Apple LG electronics Huawei Technologies ZTE others has led to the increase in the number of operating systems for smartphones Android iOS BlackBerry Microsoft Bada Symbian others 1 2 The Gartner report May 2013 of 1Q13 shows worldwide smartphone sales by vendor Table 1 and worldwide smart phone sales by OS Table 2 2Table 1 Worldwide smartphone sales by Vendor 2Table 2 Worldwide smartphone sales by OS 2According to a recent forecast from the International Data Corporation IDC a worldwide quarterly mobile phone tracker mobile devices are expected to grow by 327 year over year Also the emerging markets reported 648 percent of smartphones shipped during 2013 increased by 431 in 2010 3The new Gartner report forecasts that over half of companies will endorse bring your own device BYOD programs by 2017 and do not provide any computing devices to employees According to the gartner analyst Willis believes that BYOD will increase the employee efficiency and this could be a contributing factor to drive the BYOD movement The BYOD implementation is most common in companies with revenues in between 500 million and 5billion The report says that the US adoption rate is double as compared to Europe while the highest adoption rate is in India
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