For more than a decade Verizon has published industry-leading reports that shine a spotlight on the evolving threat landscape and the impact malicious actors are having on the business world. Today Verizon announces the launch of its fourth annual Mobile Security Index (MSI).

Our relationship with Verizon continues to go from strength to strength, and our joint research has been on a similar journey of its own. This is our third year contributing to Verizon’s MSI, and the implied theme for this year is that remote work is just work. We couldn’t agree more. Having been a long-time proponent of the mobile working use case, we know the power of helping to enable and secure workers no matter where or when they want to be productive. And, unfortunately, we also know the risks that remote workers encounter while working away from the protective corporate perimeter. So we are really excited to showcase Wandera’s insights on this topic as a key contributor to the report. 

Click here to download the Verizon Mobile Security Index 2021

Once again, the report features a wide range of real-world data from Wandera’s global network of 425 million sensors, representing corporate-owned and BYOD assets across the major platforms including iOS, Android, Windows 10 and macOS. With the world’s largest, most comprehensive remote work data set, we analyzed our data intelligence on remote device usage, business application risk exposure, and relevant threat vectors to get a better understanding of the threat landscape after such a pivotal year of change.

It’s an important time for IT teams to take stock of the tools they have currently and ask some key questions; Is the organization equipped to enable a modern workforce? Do they have the right technology stack to facilitate effective and efficient remote work? Are they positioned to support a secure and productive work environment for the long term? Will their tech stack continue to outperform legacy solutions once people are back in the office? We hope the research this year will help guide these important decisions IT leaders face.

“The pandemic created a massive shift to remote work or a hybrid work model, forcing IT decision-makers to shift their strategies to put a greater emphasis on mobile device security,” said Terrance Robinson, Head of Enterprise Security Solutions, Wireless, for Verizon Business. “Wandera is a major contributor to the 2021 Mobile Security Index whose data helps makes a report aimed at uncovering the mobile threat landscape for business customers, one that is valuable to the industry at large.”

“The MSI should be required reading for any IT leader who helps to enable a remote workforce. The report presents a much-needed perspective on the security landscape using real-world threat insights coupled with survey results from industry peers. There is no better resource to help put security events into perspective and to help plan strategic investments for the future,” said Michael Covington, VP of Product Strategy at Wandera.

Join us on Wednesday, May 5th, 2021 at 11:00 AM EST for a joint webinar hosted by Verizon and Wandera to discuss insights from the 2021 MSI

Some of the insights Wandera shares in the 2021 MSI include:

  • Mobile users are 26 times more likely to click on a phishing link than they are to encounter malware.
  • The top 5 most impersonated brands in phishing attacks in 2020 were Apple, PayPal, Microsoft, Office 365, and government tax departments.
  • In July of 2020, Wandera’s threat intelligence engine, MI:RIAM, detected a scam related to Clorox, the well-known brand of household cleaning and disinfectant products. The scam successfully targeted leading search engines and was aimed at tricking consumers to pay for a non-existent product.
  • Wandera’s App Insights reveals 99.8% of iOS apps seen on enterprise devices were installed on fewer than 1% of devices; this means that only 0.2% of apps achieve widespread popularity. Similarly, 99.4% of Android apps seen on enterprise devices were installed on fewer than 1% of devices. 
  • One in 25 (4%) apps leak sensitive credentials. It’s important to remember, it only takes one to compromise a user’s authentication details. Common types of data that’s leaked include: email address, user ID, password, credit card data, and location.
  • The prevalence of mobile malware fell in 2020, but overall the trend is still upwards with devices impacted by malware increasing by 238% since 2018.
  • In almost a third (30%) of organizations, at least one user had a device with the lock-screen feature disabled, which shows that basic security hygiene is still a problem for many organizations.

Overall, the MSI shows how diverse the threat landscape facing remote workers has grown to be. In addition to threats on the device (like bad profiles or malicious apps) and in the webpages users visit (like phishing attacks), companies must now be concerned with the threats both to and within the applications that users are accessing on the Internet and in data centers. 

Download the full Verizon Mobile Security Index 2021 to learn more.

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