Feb 21, 2019

7 Mobile Security Threats that Should be taken Seriously

Every company's top priority is mobile security. There are majority of workers who seem to routinely access corporate data from their smartphones. It therefore becomes essential to keep mobile devices extremely secured.

So, here are seven mobile threats which you should take seriously:

  1. 1. Data Leakage:
    This is seen to be one of the most worrisome threats to enterprise security in 2019. This issue becomes a big deal when users inadvertently make ill-advised decisions regarding which apps are able to see and transfer their information. When it comes to data leakage, data loss protection is the most effective form of protection.

  2. 2. Social Engineering:
    There is an estimation that around 91% of cyber crime starts with email. The year 2017 saw a growth in phishing to around 65%. Mobile users seem to be at a greater risk for falling for it. The more time number of times a user clicks on a phishing campaign link the more are the chances of doing it again in the future.

  3. 3. Wi-Fi inteference:
    When it comes to mobile security, the mobile device is only secure as the network through which it transmits data. It is seen that nearly a quarter of devices are connected to open and potentially insecure Wi-Fi networks and around 4% of devices have encountered a man-in-the-middle attack wherein someone maliciously intercepts communication between two parties.

  4. 4. Out-of-Date Devices:
    Smartphones, tablets, and smaller connected devices are said to be Internet of Things. They pose a new risk to enterprise security.

  5. 5. Cryptojacking Attacks:
    This is said to be a new addition to the list of relevant mobile threats. The crypto-jacking attacks are said to be a type of attack wherein someone uses a devices to mine for crypto-currency without the owner's knowledge. In the crypto-mining process the company's devices are used for someone's else gain. When there are these attacks your phone will probably experience poor battery life and also suffer from damage due to overheating components.

  6. 6. Poor Password Hygiene:
    It is seen that only a quarter of the people are actively using a password manager. This concludes that they do not have strong passwords in most places. About half of professionals, use the same passwords for both work and personal accounts.

  7. 7. Physical Device Breaches:
    This is last but is said to be a disturbingly realistic threat. A device which is unattended runs a major security risk especially is does not have strong PIN or password and full data encryption.