Organisations are continuing to adopt an increasing variety of apps to secure corporate information, new research suggests.
In its twelfth quarterly Mobility Index Report, Good Technology reports that the acceleration of secure work app deployments enables users to perform work-related and personal activities on the same device, protecting user information, such as email, contacts, voicemails, SMS, location, etc.
With 67 per cent of organisations now using two or more apps beyond email, companies are rapidly mobilising content and apps while strengthening their cyber resiliency.
The average organisation now uses almost three and a half apps in addition to email, with secure browser leading all app categories for a third quarter in a row.
“As the mobile device displaces the desktop as the primary computing platform, enterprise mobility is enabling employees with the secure apps and content they need,” says Christy Wyatt, chairman and CEO, Good Technology.
“We continue to see security at the heart of every enterprise conversation, coupled with end user privacy concerns.
“Now more than ever, organisations require a platform that enables them to deploy secure-based apps while protecting end user privacy with containerisation.”
This quarter’s Mobility Index Report findings indicated that employees are requesting secure mobile access to corporate information located behind the firewall.
The top five app categories across devices are secure browser, custom apps, secure instant messaging (IM), document editing and document access.
Closely following secure browsing for most widely deployed app, custom app activations expanded into a growing set of industries.
The biggest custom app growth occurred in energy and utilities, which grew from a negligible number to 49 percent in just one quarter, while insurance continued to be an aggressive adopter of custom apps with 32 percent of all apps being custom built.
Financial services firms, where speed to decision is key to profitability, continued to invest heavily in secure IM.
Business and professional services show high demand for document workflows, with document editing apps and document access apps representing 37 percent and 15 percent, respectively, of apps used by law firms, consulting firms and accountancies.
Government agencies and other public sector institutions also focused their mobile initiatives on the document-based workflows.
iOS retained the top spot for device activations despite seeing a drop in overall market share for a second straight quarter, falling from 70 percent to 64 percent.
Android market share grew to 32 percent, while Windows landed at 3 percent.
The tablet market shifted dramatically, as they begin to replace laptops. iOS fell from 81 percent to 64 percent, while Android grew to 25 percent.
Windows grew from 4 percent to 11 percent, which is noteworthy given its 1 percent share just two quarters ago.
Furthermore, iOS continued to outpace Android in regulated industries, such as public sector (79 percent), education (76 percent) and healthcare (70 percent).
For the first time, Android moved ahead of iOS in high tech (53 percent) and saw significant gains in energy (48 percent) and manufacturing (42 percent).