With the ubiquity of mobile devices, it’s no surprise that attackers are following suit and putting mobile technology in their cross-hairs. With nearly all employees accessing business networks via smartphones, mobile security is a threat not just to the device owner, but to the organization as well.
As the name implies, mobile malware is malicious software targeting mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Mobile malware attack methods, as with most cybersecurity threats, are constantly evolving, with new attack vectors working to cause mobile device system collapse and the loss or leakage of proprietary, confidential, or personally identifiable information. The following list provides an overview of common mobile malware types:
And this is just a sampling of the known threats—attackers recognize mobile devices as an oft-overlooked avenue to reach corporate assets and are thus continuously developing new types of mobile malware.
In a startling statistic, Verizon research reveals that almost 50% of enterprises consciously sacrifice mobile security for speed-to-market and profitability gains—an increase from nearly 30% in 2018. This relaxed approach to mobile security puts these companies at considerable risk of data loss and leakage, downtime, and noncompliance costs and repercussions. To protect company data and access, companies must develop and implement a mobile device security strategy that helps the organization anticipate and then avoid an attack. And, should an attack occur, companies must be prepared to quickly and effectively mitigate breach damages. For now, BYOD policies appear to be here to stay. As such, a strong mobile malware defense is the most effective addition to your company’s security posture.