Closing the Mobile Security Gap

Closing the Mobile Security Gap

Closing the Mobile Security Gap

Leading Mobile Threats  The four leading mobile threats are scams, phishing, spam and malicious apps.

Malware concerns are mounting as organizations put mobile technology at the center of their enterprise computing strategy. Blue Coat Security Lab recently examined the mobile threat landscape and studied more than 75 million users worldwide in real time. In its research, the lab found a number of important and disturbing trends. These include: dramatically increased malware threats from pornography on mobile phones; a significant spike in Android threats; and mobile malware tactics that are carryovers from the early days of the Web. What's more, after analyzing all the data, Blue Coat discovered a number of common behaviors associated with data loss, malicious applications, fraud and other mobile threats. The report, "Blue Coat Systems 2013 Mobile Malware Report: How Users Drive the Mobile Threat Landscape," notes that while mobile threats currently consist mostly of "mischiefware," the environment is evolving, and business must look for ways to protect assets, particularly in an era of growing BYOD adoption. "Extending enterprise-class Web security to mobile devices is a good first step in protecting employees," advises Hugh Thompson, chief security strategist for Blue Coat. "It's important to close the mobile security gap and enable controlled access to corporate assets with appropriate policy controls."

Samuel Greengard is a freelance writer for Baseline.
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