3rd Quarter Sales Data Points Up New IT Security Worries

Posted on October 17, 2013

Gartner Analyst Mikako Kitagawa says that the shift from PCs to tablets for daily content consumption is continuing, even though PC shipments in the U.S. hit 16.1 million units during the third quarter, up 3.5% from the same quarter in 2012.

Worldwide, however, PC shipments dropped 8.6%, Gartner says, marking the sixth consecutive quarter of declining worldwide PC shipments. A total of 80.3 million PCs were shipped during the third quarter, setting the volume back more than five years.

Gartner credits Google's Android mobile OS with a big part in rising 2013 tablet sales and declining PC sales. "A greater availability of inexpensive Android tablets attracted first-time consumers in emerging markets, and as supplementary devices in mature markets," stated Kitagawa. Tablets will continue to put pressure on PC vendors, she said.

The 3rd quarter 2013 tablet sales numbers show a shift from PCs to tablets that is primarily driven by consumers, but it is affecting the IT landscape, too. One of the primary headaches facing IT managers is mobile security for employee-owned devices.

"Every 15 to 20 years, the IT landscape shifts. The last major shift of this magnitude was the shift to the Internet and e-business," explains Jared Hansen, CEO of Breezy. "But the shift to mobile is no less disruptive. It's changed the way people work, and the way organizations conduct business. Mobile security is one of the primary initiatives in most IT organizations, whether they purchase company-owned devices or encourage BYOD."

IDC reports that by 2016, employee owned smartphones, tablets and PCs in the workplace will grow from 2 billion to more than 5.25 billion. These users expect IT to support them in accessing corporate databases and applications seamlessly and securely. This is creating new demands on the corporate network and putting the company's customer and employee data at risk.

80% of companies are currently at risk of a data breach due one gap in their security architecture, and that risk is likely to increase as more tablets and smartphones enter the workplace. But it doesn't have to be that way, Hansen says.

Companies are taking steps to protect their data, Hansen says, but most existing MDM and network security problems leave a gaping security hole in the form of mobile printing. "That's where Breezy comes in. We secure the "last mile" for mobile devices, with secure on-device encryption that allows employees to print from any mobile device, to internal and external printers, with just a few clicks."

A new video from Breezy, Securing the Last Mile in Your Mobile Deployment, explains how it works. Whether a company has a BYOD policy or is purchasing tablets and smartphones for employee use, the need for secure mobile printing is increasing. Watch the video now to see how Breezy is helping companies of all sizes close the security gap.

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