Workforce mobility is a rapidly evolving space in business. Many IT pros, while fully equipped to manage and secure desktop and laptop computers, are feeling less confident when it comes to mobile data threats. The mobile threat landscape has unique characteristics that complicate the challenge facing mobile security professionals:
- Risky user behavior – Whether it’s the effect of Apple’s walled-garden approach, or the relative nascence of the mobile threat landscape, end users have a false sense of security when it comes to their mobile devices. A recent poll of over 2,000 end users, conducted by Wandera, uncovered that only 7% of employees have been given any form of security guidance on using apps and smartphones in general.
- Threat from mobile applications – Over 75% of popular apps on iOS and Android official stores can access user data and 29% of these legitimate apps leak data inadvertently or even purposefully by sharing the data with ad networks. The sheer volume of apps downloaded makes it easy for malicious apps to get on the device. Research shows that 24% of IT professionals have seen malware on work smartphones.
- Business and personal on one device – 70% of employees access corporate data from a personal smartphone or tablet. The security challenge of protecting corporate data is not limited to BYOD devices. Employees are using corporate-owned devices for personal use and want control over the device.
- New types of threats – Mobile devices are open to completely new types of attacks. For example, criminals use malicious mobile apps to send text messages to premium mobile phone numbers or take control of infected devices.
- Threats are highly correlated – A mobile device with malware or other vulnerabilities is significantly more likely to suffer from other mobile attacks. This results in exponentially growing risks and associated costs for your organization.