Mobile malware a rising threat to businesses


20 percent of external cyber attacks were carried out through mobile malware, Forrester Analytics Global Business Technographics Security Survey 2018 finds

Mobile devices are becoming a top target of attack, a trend that in many ways is rooted in poor vulnerability management.

Android fragmentation has been a discussion in the security community for a number of years because many mobile manufacturers either stop supporting devices when new versions come out, or are slow to make updates available — leaving consumers believing they are up to date when they check for the latest updates. To truly understand the scope of this issue, according to Google’s developer site, over 50% of Android devices are running Marshmallow, which was released in 2015, or something even older.

Privacy-minded employees often reject MDM solutions. Mobile enabled employees are happier and more productive, which has a direct impact on your business. Unfortunately, many organizations that have tried to deploy MDM solutions found that privacy concerns limit adoption. In fact, Forrester surveyed one large manufacturing company and found that 40% of employees rejected this control.

Ensure employees have access to an anti-malware solution

Earlier this year, Check Point determined that mobile malware that had the ability to evolve was coming pre-installed on phones, loading variants of itself for campaign-level control. Recognizing the productivity gains of a mobile workforce, we need to provide employees with a solution that will leave them comfortable that you can’t snoop on the photos, contacts, and personal details on their personal devices. Providing them with access to a mobile anti-malware solution that is not managed by your organization will alleviate these concerns while ensuring a mitigation of risk against the coming tide of mobile malware.