One of the big trends of 2011 was mobile malware, and it is expected to become even more prevalent in 2012.

EWeek said there are numerous malicious apps that continue to hit the Android market, such as programs that send SMS messages without the owner's authorization and others that allow a hacker to have complete control of a device. With more companies bringing their smartphones into the office and using them to connect to their company's cloud network, it will be increasingly important for businesses to have strong mobile device management strategies in place.

"The team behind the Zeus banking Trojan even came out with a mobile version, Zitmo, for major mobile operating systems that could intercept authentication credentials sent by financial institutions," eWeek said. "It looks like 2012 will bring even more mobile threats."

EWeek's said while some companies tried to keep their cloud networks safe by restricting smartphone use at work, others tried to minimize risks with software that could erase lost devices or remotely lock devices visiting restricted websites.

Sys-Con said a cloud computing based mobile device management program has little set up time, no setup costs, and offers improved flexibility and scalability. These benefits could come in handy as the mobile age moves forward.