It’s been a big year for Wandera’s mobile data insights. We’ve stepped up our data analysis efforts and threat research capabilities and it seems the deeper we dig the more we find.

With the launch of MI:RIAM we now have machine intelligence on our side. She’s able to analyze billions of data inputs with tireless ethic at breakneck speeds. This enables us to detect zero day threats and device behavior anomalies She’s only getting better too.

We have also invested in growing our Data Science team in order to build and manage MI:RIAM and interpret her results in real terms. Also working along side MI:RIAM and Data Science we have our Threat Research team that works tirelessly to stay ahead of the fast evolving mobile threat landscape by diving deep into abnormal and unsafe device behaviors to understand what’s at play.

Mobile data insights

Our customer base has doubled year-on-year which means we have more devices than ever before channeling data through our cloud proxy and being analyzed by MI:RIAM and our data science and threat research teams. The more data we have to process, the better our analysis gets.

The mobile data insights we produce are purely focused on enterprise mobile data. They provide a complete view of mobile data security and usage trends along with traffic patterns across our global network of enterprise mobile devices. These are corporate liable devices (mostly corporate owned and BYOD) used domestically and whilst roaming.

We don’t just pull all these insights to keep them to ourselves, we use them to educate our customers so that they are able to make more informed decisions around mobile use policy and mobility budgets, for example. We also like to make these findings public by publishing them on our blog and making them available to the media when we find something that is of interest to the wider public.

Here are some of the mobile data insights we’ve discovered this year that made headlines.

SLocker malware is back: over 400 new variants detected by MI:RIAM

Earlier this year MI:RIAM detected 400 new strains of malware called SLocker. Experts believed SLocker had been silenced a long time ago but MI:RIAM detected the resurfacing of this new family. We found that it had been repackaged and deployed to evade common signature-based detection techniques that are used by most anti-malware solutions.

SLocker Ransomware Variants Surge

iOS 11 users charged up over battery drain

At the time of the iOS 11 release this year, our data science team carried out an in-depth analysis of battery drain across our users running on iOS 11 compared to those running on iOS 10.3.3. The results of our analysis were consistent with the slew of comments posted on Twitter, Reddit and other forums – that iPhone batteries were taking a real hit following the initial update. Apple has since released subversions that have reportedly improved battery performance.

Apple reveals ANOTHER update for iOS 11 as user complaints over updates continue

Inappropriate mobile activity – how serious is the problem?

Wandera has been recognized by leading analysts not only for superior Threat Defense capabilities but also for intelligent Content Filtering. This year we looked into the most commonly blocked categories on corporate devices – adult, gambling and illegal. What we found was that 34 employees in an organization of 10,000 are indeed using their work devices for unsavory activities on a daily basis, exposing their companies to a range of compliance and security risks.

SEXPOSED Porn websites are ‘leaking’ viewer’s identities and YOUR shameful secrets could be about to be exposed

Dating apps: are your employees looking for love at work?

In a similar vein, the use of dating apps is growing, so we wanted to see if we could shed some light on employees use of these services in order to enable better informed. While the most popular dating apps we looked at don’t pose a serious security risk, they can be a real productivity drain and chew through a lot of data leading to unnecessary data overages. We found that the total number of daily users for the services in the report has grown by 69% in the past 12 months.

Do you use dating apps at your desk? You’re not alone.

Pokémon Go – an analysis of the most popular game of all time

Unless you were living under a rock this year you probably heard about Pokémon Go – the most popular game of all time. We looked at data usage trends throughout the lifecycle of this app to see how much time employees were spending on it. Our mobile data insights showed us an even more interesting trend line than we were expecting to see, including a huge spike in usage following the release of Gen 2 Pokémon.

Gen 2 Caused A Huge Spike In ‘Pokémon GO’ Play, But It’s Fading Fast

Is phishing the biggest mobile security risk?

Phishing is demonstrably among the most potent and widespread forms of cyber attacks in the modern age, and mobile has offered a powerful new access and distribution network for hackers to exploit. Our mobile data insights revealed employees are frequently encountering phishing attacks, and the majority of these are occurring outside of email, via sources including gaming apps, social media, and SMS. Notably, we found 25% of all web-based mobile phishing attacks come from games, and they are far more prevalent on iOS than Android.

iOS users beware: You’re the biggest target for mobile phishing attacks

5 reasons why you shouldn’t trust Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi connectivity is available just about anywhere, but how do we know we can trust it? Vulnerabilities this year including Krack and Broadpwn have made people pay more attention to the security risks of Wi-Fi. We looked into our own data to shed some light on the risk factor. We witness man-in-the-middle attacks happening on our devices day in and day out, in fact, we discovered that 24% of corporate devices are connecting to open hotspots and 4% of devices are encountering man-in-the-middle attacks in any given month.

Users warned over wi-fi security

We’ll be back with more mobile data insights in 2018…

Gartner recognition

Gartner acknowledges Wandera in its 2017 Market Guide for Mobile Threat Defense

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