It may have started as a trickle, an employee waiting for a business-issued mobile device deciding that her device was perfectly capable of performing business tasks, but now BYOD  has inundated companies of all types. As a result of the surge in mobile device usage and the adoption of BYOD , there is a growing list of operational and security challenges that must be addressed. Companies want guidance on how to effectively secure personal and corporate issued mobile devices to help protect critical business information. They’re also finding that they need a fully developed strategic plan for mobility, as winging it is no longer an option.

A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of AT&T and Juniper Networks shows how enterprise mobility practices vary across industries, what challenges enterprises are coming up against, and what the most important trends in mobility are. Read this informative study and discover insights on these issues and more.

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Mobile data protection concerns are high, but practices are immature. Mobile data protection is a top-of-mind concern, but few companies go beyond utilizing simple device-level measures, such as passwords, device autolocking, and remote wipe to protect sensitive corporate data, and few companies have taken steps to protect the integrity of mobile devices from malicious applications, spyware, malicious short message service (SMS), etc. Enterprise mobility is entering a strategic planning era. When employee mobility first surfaced in the enterprise, IT typically made ad hoc decisions with respect to mobility support. However, our study shows that firms today realize that they need concerted, strategic planning for enterprise mobility, and many have embarked on such an exercise. Many survey respondents listed “developing a comprehensive and strategic mobility plan” as a top enterprise IT initiative.