Business Is Not Prepared for Mobile Malware

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 2015-05-15 Email

One of the biggest challenges organizations face is keeping up with the dizzying array of security risks. Not surprisingly, the mobile environment is increasingly at the epicenter of enterprise concerns. The sheer volume of malware is growing, and mobile attack methods and vectors are becoming more sophisticated. A recent report, "The State of Mobile Application Insecurity," conducted by Ponemon Institute in conjunction with IBM, sheds light on the hazards. It notes that hackers are waking up to opportunities in the mobility arena, and, at any given moment, more than 11.6 million mobile devices are infected with malware. Moreover, organizations are not keeping up with threats. Many professionals are not scanning their networks and outside mobile apps, and they're typically not even checking their own apps for security flaws. "Building security into mobile apps is not top of mind for companies, giving hackers the opportunity to easily reverse-engineer apps, jailbreak mobile devices and tap into confidential data," said Caleb Barlow, vice president of Mobile Management and Security at IBM. "Industries need to think about security at the same level on which highly efficient, collaborative cyber-criminals are planning attacks."

Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).

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