It’s vital as an established organization in today’s day and age to understand and protect your mobile fleet against the ever-expanding and advancing world of mobile malware. Plenty of businesses know what mobile malware is, but many fail to fully comprehend the different types and how they go about infecting corporate devices.

At Wandera we’re intent on giving our customers the highest level of visibility into their mobile fleets, and this includes the types of mobile malware that are attempting to penetrate them. That’s why we’ve launched advanced mobile malware classification for our Enterprise Mobile Security customers.

What is it?

Wandera’s security reports will now be enhanced with granular mobile malware labeling. This enhancement has been made possible through our mobile threat intelligence engine, MI:RIAM, which is now automatically classifying malware according to a taxonomy of exploits and capabilities.

Some of the most common types of mobile malware that Wandera now detects include:

  • Adware – or “advertising software” is designed to show frequent ads to a user in the form of pop-ups, sometimes leading to the unintended redirection of users to web pages or applications.
  • Banker malware – any type of malware attempting to steal users’ bank credentials without their knowledge.
  • Ransomware – a type of malware that demands money from users and, in exchange, promises to release either the files or the functionality of the devices being ‘held hostage’.
  • Rooting malware – as a category includes any malware that ‘roots’ the device, essentially unlocking the operating system and obtaining escalated privileges.
  • SMS malware – manipulates devices to send and intercept text messages resulting in SMS charges. The user is usually not aware of the activity.
  • Spyware – monitors and records information about users’ actions on their devices without their knowledge or permission.
  • Trojan – a type of malware that hides itself within a piece of seemingly innocent, legitimate software

The benefits

Malware classification provides organizations with greater insights into the behavior and intent of malicious applications, allowing mobility admins and security teams to prioritize the investigation of threats. The detection of banker malware for instance, may be considered a top priority for action while adware may be less important to address immediately.
In addition to improved labels, this feature release also includes the ability to apply fine-grained policies to each category of malware. This provides organizations with refined capabilities to deal with even the most pressing threats facing their organizations today. For example, an admin may decide to automatically quarantine a device if it is found to contain spyware due to its severity, while those devices found to contain adware may just be flagged.

Wandera’s unique mobile malware protection

Wandera has the unique ability to shut down malware at the source, before it is able to affect the device. This is thanks to its pioneering web gateway for mobile that can detect malicious command & control traffic at the network level, and block it instantaneously
This means if a user downloads an infected application to their device, not only will admins be notified in real-time that the app contains the particular type of malware, but the malware will not be able to make a connection to the command & control server and therefore it will be rendered useless. This is only possible with all-encompassing visibility and control at the device, network and application level.

Learn more

If you’re interested in learning more about the different types of malware, download our whitepaper on the current state of mobile malware. It will take you through the the most common malware infection vectors, the different types of mobile malware currently plaguing organizations and how to take the appropriate steps to protect your mobile estate.
To find out more about how Wandera can protect your organization from the full landscape of mobile threats, request a demonstration today at