Mobile Malware Proliferates – How to Protect Your Information

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As the lines between corporate and personal mobile devices continue to blur, with more and more people choosing to use a single mobile device for both, not only is personal data at risk, but corporate data could be too.

Recent IBM research into the top tactics behind today’s cyber attacks, shows that mobile malware is becoming more prevalent, especially on Android devices. As Android continues to gain in popularity – IDC research reveals that Android has nearly 80% of global smartphone market share – cyber criminals are focusing their attention on these popular devices.

The IBM report states that, “As the number of users who own and operate Android devices is rapidly expanding, so too have malware authors increased their effort to take advantage of this larger market. Older mobile devices are even more vulnerable as only six percent of Android devices are running the latest version of the platform which has the security enhancements needed to combat these threats.”

If businesses adopt a Mobile Device Management (MDM) only approach to controlling corporate devices, they can’t guarantee the safety of their data. While MDM is important to ensure compliance and manageability of the device, MDM alone cannot guarantee the safety of data on a device if it’s compromised. Once compromised, an attacker can remove MDM controls or at the very least circumvent them so that their intrusion can carry on unnoticed.

If businesses focus on a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy, using containerization – keeping business apps and data encrypted and separate from the rest of the device – organizations are able to effectively secure corporate data that’s held on the device, providing protection of corporate data and applications. As mobile malware continues to become more and more prolific, this approach can help businesses stay one step ahead of cyber criminals when it comes to protecting business critical information on personal devices.

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