Six common mobile threats and the risks they pose to your organisation

mobile security threatsGartner predicts that by 2017 75% of mobile security breaches will be the result of mobile applications. A stark reminder of the window of opportunity we are often unknowingly handing to hackers.

It’s no surprise that mobile attacks are on the rise; with employees often working from unsecure devices there is plenty of scope to intercept company data and information, providing profitable wins for cybercriminals.

If your employees’ devices don’t have the right level of security in place it’s highly likely you could be under attack right now!

It’s not just mobile applications that provide a haven for hackers – in their white paper, The Evolution of and Impact of Hidden Mobile Threats Wandera look at six of the most common mobile threats you are facing:

1. Vulnerable Legitimate Apps – leaky apps are a big issue and provide hackers easy access to your data.
2. Jailbreaking – removes the security limitations imposed by the operating vendor. Jailbreaking permits root access to the OS file system allowing the download of applications, which are not permitted through the official app stores.
3. Outdated OS – using outdated operating systems instantly puts you at risk, making you an easy target for cybercriminals.
4. Malware and Malicious Apps – designed to gain access to your device, spreading through apps and sweeping your information along the way.
5. Compromised Wi-Fi Hotspots – it is difficult to detect when a rogue network is in operation. Mirroring hotspots is yet another way hackers are trying to intercept your data during mobile working.
6. Phishing – distributing what appear to be official emails requesting personal data such as bank details. Something many of us have probably experienced via our personal inboxes but organisations are also vulnerable to these type of attacks.

To protect your business from similar attacks we can provide a higher level of security for mobile data, through our partner Wandera, both protecting devices from data loss as well as malicious sites and man-in-the-middle attacks.

 

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