Understanding the mobile threat landscape in 2018

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2017 was a huge year for mobile security. Malicious actors returned with a vengeance and cyber attacks grew rapidly in sophistication. Ransomware outbreaks like WannaCry and Petya hit enterprises globally causing unparalleled disruption, new vulnerabilities like BlueBorne were discovered and malware variants grew more aggressive and prevalent by the day. This report will summarise the key mobile security trends that emerged in 2017, and summarise thoughts for the mobile threat landscape for the year ahead.

What you’ll learn from the report:

  • current trends in the mobile threat landscape
  • key threats to be aware of in 2018
  • what the risks are with mobile
  • how to protect your business

Introduction

2017 was a remarkable year for mobile security. Attacks aided by AI, sophisticated social engineering techniques and the exponential growth of connected devices, are just a few of the factors that the pathed way to a year of unprecedented threat to the enterprise.

As organizations fight to secure their valuable data against an ever-growing range of threats, the fear of a breach is keeping CISOs up at night. The events of last year proved that organizations have every right to be concerned. Figures show that cyber incidents targeting businesses nearly doubled from 82,000 in 2016, to 159,700 in 20171 . Ransomware attacks like WannaCry and SLocker wreaked havoc worldwide and barely a day went by without a data leak or exploit dominating the global headlines.

The threat landscape continues to be asymmetrical, and despite continued investment, enterprises struggle to outsmart cybercriminals. What is it that makes the current mobile security climate that is so volatile? Why do malicious actors seek to infiltrate corporate devices? This report aims to provide answers to these questions by reflecting on recent breaches, giving visibility in the current threat landscape, whilst making forecasts for the year ahead. It will examine some of the most notable threats to mobile devices over the past twelve months, and predict what the biggest challenges will be to secure the enterprise in 2018.

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