The mobile device management market continues to grow apace, as companies implement mobility strategies to deal with a greater number of smartphones and tablets in the workplace. Small and midsize businesses without robust endpoint security solutions may be at a risk of an employee accessing an unsafe website or leaking sensitive corporate data to a public cloud.

The risks that SMBs run without endpoint monitoring and protection
Many SMBs do not have the time or resources to granularly manage endpoint usage policies. Writing for MSPmentor, CJ Arlotta examined the results of a survey conducted by security vendor BeyondTrust, which found that 28 percent of respondents admitted to having accessed information that was not critical to their jobs. Mobility policies, if they exist at all at these companies, are not being diligently enforced. 

Sensitive files like financial reports and human resources materials were among the most commonly accessed items, and eight in 10 respondents believed that employee curiosity had driven workers to access data beyond their privilege levels. This behavior could put customer information in danger because employees may not have compliance obligations foremost in their minds when using mobile devices.

Managed IT service providers can give businesses relief from the task of setting and enforcing policies. More specifically, MSPs that package their solutions as software-as-a-service create an easy path for organizations to transform device management from an in-house responsibility to an outsourced task.

Cloud-based management tools on the rise to keep up with mobile traffic
Mobile devices are generating more data than ever as they become integrated into intensive enterprise workflows and bring your own device initiatives. A report from ResearchMoz projected that there were currently almost 180 million BYOD-enabled endpoints worldwide, and that the number could reach 390 million by 2015. However,  the study highlighted how these new endpoints were creating extra risks for businesses.

"Mobile networks around the globe generate more than 50 exabytes of traffic annually,l" stated the report summary. "The immense volume of traffic together with the growing adoption of open source operating system platforms such as Android has opened up new security threats. Mobile malware, SMS spam, cyber attacks and unlawful eavesdropping are an ever-increasing problem for enterprises, consumers and mobile network operators around the globe."

Companies have coped with the mobility revolution by investing in cloud-delivered endpoint management solutions. The ResearchMoz report cited a Mind Commerce estimate that the MDM market would expand at a 23 percent compound annual growth rate over the next five years, with cloud solutions outpacing on-premises alternatives.