Means to Protection against Mobile Security Threats

By Telecom Tech Outlook | Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The ways of using the internet have rapidly become just a modest screen of five inches on mobile devices, from a 14" laptop or desktop screen. Now, it’s possible to seamlessly compute and save data files, send mail, and even load data on the cloud using the device’s mobility feature. However, security risks and infringements of information for organizations that have turned to all mobile environments are high compared to those that still use desktops.

Increased mobile access to corporate data has been a strategic threat to enterprises' safety, while in business technology, mobile communications and services have become the priority, which calls for counter-measurements against increasing infringements.

The modern working environment is evolving and therefore IT departments are becoming more involved in managing and ensuring access to all the assets of an enterprise efficiently. Today the workplace is no longer confined to a particular office or machine. Rather, work is done from the house, a coffee shop or a hotel, and often with the use of a mobile device, whether provided by a company or not. Even if every device in the organization has an anti-malware application which is regularly updated, cybercriminals can compromise the most sensitive asset of business using different efficient methods. A mobile user is 18 times more prone to phishing than malware, and the latest phishing attacks fool even the savviest user.

Not only is email vulnerable to mobile users. Phishers are also increasingly targeting mobile web browsers and messaging apps. App Store and Google Play users need to look for fake applications that look like the real issue and steal their log-in details when accessing them first.

Although connecting and making business is convenient regardless of the place, it can cause expensive and time-consuming problems to be solved. If hackers succeed in obtaining the sensitive data, they are looking for, and it takes on average 191 days to find the source and contain the infringement. In 2017, these attacks cost companies an average of $3.62 million to remedy–an increase after the first non-compliance fines for GDPR has been issued.

Organizations need to take the right action to protect the fleet. Training of employees to help employees recognize the dangers they face off site and at work can help reduce mobile threats. Mobile devices used for work should also be checked regularly to ensure they are up to date on their operating system, web browser, apps, and safety programs.