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The weekend review: mobile risk management, what Goliath can learn from David

January has proved itself to be a very eventful month. This week alone has seen Google’s latest big move (selling off its Motorola Mobility unit to Lenovo), possible shake-ups at Microsoft, and an exciting lead up to the Super Bowl this weekend. On Gigaom Research, our analysts are also looking at Microsoft — albeit from a more philosophical perspective — as well as big-picture issues for the enterprise, such as mobile security in an increasingly BYOD world and major trends in the IT buyers’ sphere.

First, in “Managing mobile risk: threat management and security,” Larry Walsh dispels the myth that mobile devices and their operating systems are less vulnerable to hackers and security breaches, noting that “malware targeting mobile devices is growing exponentially, increasing as much as 614 percent in 2013.” Existing mobile security systems are a patchwork at best, and data and connected networks are particularly at risk. As more employees expect a BYOD policy, enterprises must adopt smart, proactive mobile security measures. In his latest report, Walsh analyzes current mobile security threats and options for mobile risk management, and he provides an overview for applying these security solution sets.

Next, in his latest analyst blog post, “Startups know what giants don’t: work tech is core to high performance, now,” Stowe Boyd shares his observations comparing the technologies employed by two very different companies: Microsoft and Intercom, a social CRM startup. Boyd is especially interested in the concept of “high performance, predicated on working socially in fluid, nimble, and self-organized networks…sustained by social tools that allow high degrees of cooperation.” While the differences between the two companies are legion, Boyd focuses on a few key differences and how they affect the current workplace and potential future of each company.

Last, in “Buyer’s Lens fourth-quarter 2013: analysis and outlook,” Laura Stuart looks back at the past 90 days in enterprise IT buyers. She highlights three major trends that have emerged for both IT buyers as well as non-IT decision makers, analyzes how these trends will impact the comic year, and cites case studies from across the retail, financial, and health care sectors. She also provides a near-term outlook for 2014 and identifies takeaways that IT buyers can bring back to their boards and executives.

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