Understand the Threats & Keep Your Mobile Workforce Secure

21 Aug

When was the last time you reviewed your business’s mobile security strategy or your own, personal mobile security, for that matter?

While most people are well informed about cybersecurity protection for their computers and laptops, mobile devices are often overlooked. As such they have become a soft target for infected apps, man-in-the-middle attacks, OS exploits, malicious links embedded in SMS’s and more.

A recent research survey revealed that most businesses have experienced at least one or more mobile cyber threats in the past year or so. When you delve into the plethora of opportunity on display for hackers, it’s no wonder mobile hacking is becoming increasingly prevalent across businesses.

So why are mobile devices such an easy target for hackers?

1. A simple lack of vigilance

Mobile devices nowadays are, quite simply, far too easy to hack into. Many owners of mobile devices neglect basic protection software, and if they do use this software, they are not vigilant enough about updates and applying essential security patches.

2. Increased opportunity

Almost 2.1 billion people today own a mobile phone – that’s an incredible amount of opportunity being presented on a silver platter to hackers across the globe. Basically, hackers rely on these large numbers to help execute and spread malicious, damaging malware campaigns.

3. Voicemail and voice notes

The increase in popularity of voice notes and leaving voicemail messages over the phone, packed with personal information, present a buffet of lower-hanging fruit for hackers. By hacking into someone’s phone, information such as mobile phone number can be poached and used to transfer to a new sim card. From here, the hacker now owns the phone number and can launch attacks on all types of personal accounts – including banking apps and more.

4. Greater impact

Hacking a mobile device can do far more harm than hacking a personal computer. This is because most people use banking apps via their mobile phone, as well as many businesses. Hackers can easily infect a mobile device with malware, produce a fake overlay page for your banking app, steal your login credentials and go to town.

Additionally, once cybercriminals have installed malware on your phone, they can use this access to intercept incoming calls and messages to bypass security protocol.

So, what is there to do to protect yourself and your business?

  • Make sure to use solutions which work to protect against mobile malware, prevent suspicious file downloads and block malicious websites.
  • Don’t rely on simple Mobile Device Management (MDM) or Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) alone. This security is not robust enough and only provides simple solutions against unknown, yet highly intelligent malware systems.
  • Set up protections and policies which segregate business data and applications from personal use.
  • Make sure files are encrypted and only accessed by authorised users on mobile phones.

Finally, one of the best ways to secure a mobile device, whether for business or personal use, is to extend your policies and protections to the Cloud. It’s easy to fall into the simple way of thinking that on-premises cybersecurity is enough for your business. Malware protections needs to follow you and your employees wherever you go!

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