Over half of all small and medium businesses in the US are looking to purchase tablet devices in the next 12 months. And it’s understandable why: The extremely portable, always-on devices allow one to be extremely flexible when it comes to completing tasks. And yet, there is some cause to be alarmed, since each device is a vector for data breaches and information leaks. The same level of enthusiasm, one hopes, will also be focused on mobile data security like AlertBoot.
The Bigger They are, the Bigger the Investment
According to techweekeurope.co.uk, The NPD group has a survey showing that, of companies with fewer than 1,000 employees, the following are expected:
73% of all companies will purchase a tablet device for employees in the next 12 months.
This is an increase from last year’s figure, 68%. Of companies that did purchase tablets in the past 12 months, 90% will spend the same amount or more on tablets in the next 12 months.
The average purchase will be more than $21,000.
Firms with 501 to 999 employees will spend approximately $39,000 in the next 12 months.
Firms with less than 50 employees will spend less than $2,000 on new tablets
The conclusion, based on the report, appears to be that most SMBs that have jumped on the tablet bandwagon have not experienced any reasons to discontinue their enthusiasm in snapping up the devices.
Mobile Device Security: Like That Extended Warranty
Extended warranties, the saying usually goes, are a scam because most people don’t need it. Except, of course, if you are the proud owner of a high-end electronic device that’s been designed to accompany you wherever you go, like a smartphone or a tablet like the iPad.
Why? Unlike the CRT TV I bought during my college years — which was ponderous and stayed in one place — tablets and other devices are portable. This means you increase the risks of getting it lost, stolen, sat upon, stepped upon, dropped, and other actions that end up crushing or breaking the device. Most people (defined as more than half of any given statistical population) may not require extended warranties for their devices, but you won’t find as many making the “scam” observation.
Mobile device security software — AlertBoot’s includes an MDM platform with antivirus software, remote wiping and locking capabilities, secure Wi-Fi provisioning, and a multitude of other features meant to secure smartphones and tablets — is kind of like an extended warranty, except it makes even more sense to sign up for it, especially if devices are being purchased as part of a BYOD-like initiative.
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