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Meanwhile, the growing threats are compounded by users' lack of understanding of the problem. "There is the lack of awareness that threats exist at all on mobile devices. People are using mobile devices just assume that they're impenetrable," Armstrong said.
Security solution providers said they've seen an increasing number of attacks targeting mobile platforms. McMillen said that he's seen an attack that sends a text message and sends a malicious payload to users once they respond.
These issues open up huge opportunities for solution providers to harden the devices with antimalware and mobile security solutions that wipe devices if they're lost or stolen.
Wingert said that PCMS is focusing on deploying mobile security solutions and providing IT service divisions, equipping customers with information in order to take action on a variety of mobile issues.
The company has increasingly focused on performing standard security functions applied to the mobile platform. To resolve security and management problems for their customers, PCMS has added comprehensive mobile security software to its portfolio to manage endpoints and protect data from a centralized console.
In addition, the explosion of mobile devices has opened up avenues to virtualize applications to keep them in-house, as well as secure Web portals from threats, Wingert said.
The growing mobile trend has also facilitated more opportunities for consulting and best practice education services, especially ones that govern passwords, partners say.
"Awareness is the key issue -- bringing the issue to the forefront for those that have to manage data protection and security for their respective companies. Many have not considered the impact, and those that have, would rather restrict their use then enable it," Wingert said.
McMillen said All Tech 1, for example, helps their SMB and lower midmarket customers create mobile security plans tailored to their environment. Among other things, the plan entails the knowledge and use of higher-end passwords, as well as installing security software onto their smartphones and tablets.
In addition, the All Tech 1 provides security software installation and monitoring services on all their customers' mobile device, complete with a weekly status check for all their customers' devices, and retaining the ability to remotely wipe the devices of all data if they become compromised.
The company is also available on-call, should their customers have any issues, whether theyr'e malware or a simple hardware connectivity issue.
"Users are moving away from desktop PCs. More businesses are using tablets and smartphones. It closes one door but opens another. The threats to open devices like Androids really turn this into the Wild West. We don't know what we don't know. It's just too new," McMillen said. "If you don't have a mobile security plan, you might as well throw out all those mobile devices and go back to your desktop."
Ultimately, solution providers say it's up to the channel to prepare businesses for impending mobile revolution.
"If you embrace this early, when you're in the initial stages, if you got in on the front end, then you will be the expert when this explodes," McMillen said. "We're trying to be the experts when it's still the Wild West. We want to be the ones the bigger companies look to for advice."