A recent report highlights the continued importance of mobile device management (MDM) for enterprise security managers as they prepare for the year ahead. According to 451 Research’s “Reference Technology Roadmap – Information Security Wave 17,” MDM and network firewalls will be responsible for the most significant spending increases in 2015, with 31 percent of security managers planning to increase spending on each technology.
The report, which surveyed 217 security managers at large and midsize enterprises, tracks current use and future plans for 42 information security technologies. For MDM, AirWatch by VMware is the top technology respondents used in 2014 and plan to use next year.
According to report author Daniel Kennedy, “Our research revealed that AirWatch is the leading choice of MDM vendors amongst IT decision makers in 2014 and will continue to be in 2015. With spending on MDM increasing in 2015, and buoyed by the resources and complementary technologies of VMware, we expect to see AirWatch continue to be very much in focus for IT decision makers.”
AirWatch’s acquisition by VMware in early 2014 played a role in security manager decision-making last year, according to the report. “The lead in-plan vendor for mobile device management (MDM) in 2013, MobileIron, gave way to VMware in 2014, fresh of its acquisition of AirWatch.”
Based on a variety of factors including user demand and changes in planned spending, 451 Research assigned each technology category a Technology Heat Index rating, which measures user demand. MDM’s Technology Heat Index is 80, topped only by endpoint data-loss prevention solutions (86), network access control (99) and application-aware/next-generation firewall technologies (100). MDM was followed by network data-loss prevention solutions and multifactor authentication in the list of technologies expected to grow the most next year.
According to 451 Research, near-term growth can be assessed by viewing the Technology Heat Index alongside the Technology Adoption Index, which measures aggregate investment in a technology. MDM’s Adoption Index is 69. According to the report, “Technologies with a high Heat Index score and a high Adoption Index score are experiencing near-term growth but have limited opportunities for new market entrants.”
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