Android on the march in business but security a concern, says new research

BRACKNELL, UK. 21st FEBRUARY 2019 – The use of Android tablets and handhelds are on the rise in business but security remains a concern, according to the latest research from Panasonic Business. On average, 72% of tablets and handheld devices in businesses (excluding mobile telephones) use the Android operating system. And with 60% of device buyers saying Android was still being integrated into their organisations, the number of devices is expected to rise with the majority seeing growth for the next three years.

The top three benefits of Android over other operating systems were said to be flexibility (59%), security (58%) and affordability (52%).

Security concerns
But businesses believe they should be security patching their devices much more; on average 4 times a year more than they currently do. The variety of methods to deploy security patches also varied with 66% relying on the IT department, 38% using a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution, 30% taking equipment manufacturer updates via Firmware over the air, 23% relying on the User, 22% using an IT support company and 16% using a reseller.

Functionality expectations
When it came to management capabilities in a business Android device, mobile buyers expected to see the following functionality as standard:

Source: RealWire

%

A customisable OS to meet the business’ requirements

50

Android for Work

47

Policy Management Tool/Console for firmware updates

41

Enhanced Android Security support

37

Incorporation of certified 3rd party security solution

35

Free of charge, out of the box productivity and manageability apps

35

Staging, EMM certifications, licences and customised MDM apps

33

SCOMO Software Component management object

30

Compatibility across different devices from the same manufacturer

30

FOTO Firmware over the air

29

Optional modular-based Developer package

23

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