For a large number of businesses and government agencies, a mobile device such as a smartphone and tablet computer have become a primary method of two-way communication between field employees and upper management. ABI Research, a U.K. technology market intelligence company, predicts that there will be 1.4 billion active smartphones and 268 million tablet computers worldwide by the end of 2013.
A mobile device is capable of storing hefty amounts of business information, especially when field employees use them for mobile data collection tasks such as surveys and report creation and normal business tasks such as sending and receiving e-mail or taking photos. Consequently, all of that information is at risk when thieves steal a mobile device and resells it overseas for a profit. [Read more…]