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Mobile Malware Still At Risk

Mar 10, 2014 11:23 AM EDT

Mobile Malware May Still Be At Risk. According to Juniper Research, more than 80% of total enterprise and consumer owned smartphone device bases are unprotected through 2013. This finding was even as consumers remained aware of mobile security. The adoption rate was due high cost of security.

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Educating end users on best practices is crucial. Now is an important time to do so. Performing risk assessments is a good way to mitigate. Understanding where a lot of the risk and vulnerabilities are can add to prevention and identify problems. Good risk management practices can prevent emerging security risks and threats.

The report also found 1.3 billion mobile devices including smartphones, feature phones and tablets are expected to have mobile security software installed by 2018, up from around 325 million this year. It was also found that security risks are also on the rise due to an explosion of mobile malware over the last two years.

Cyber criminals are transitioning from PCs to the  mobile platform. This transition affects both enterprise and consumer segments. The report also asserted that steadily increasing consumer awareness, allied to far greater visibility of product adoption levels, had resulted in rapid service adoption. Juniper Research indicated growth in the Enterprise Segment for security products is being fuelled by a number of factors, including increases in IT budgets and greater implementation of security policies and security products; along with training for employees.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) where employees bring their own computing devices to the workplace was also reported as becoming increasingly common, a single policy or measure may not be sufficient and a unified perspective on mobile platform risks is critical. Other Key Findings indicated that despite the prevalence of free security software, the scale of cyber-crime’s expansion in the mobile arena offers a clear opportunity for the creation of a new revenue streams for mobile security providers. ·There is also a need for device manufacturers and security vendors to strike a balance between security and user-friendliness.

Android data security and breaches are a known fact. The security concerns are amongst all types of organizations to date. The majority of these attacks can be prevented by implementing basic security measures. There has to be faster adoption to learning how to deal with these issues and more aggressively.

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