Cybersecurity in your pocket: The essentials of mobile malware

An increasing number of businesses are embracing the ‘bring your own device’ policy, allowing employees to use their smartphones and tablets to access the company’s information and work on the go.

This policy can add a new dimension to IT project management training, with products now able to be developed remotely and flexibly using mobile devices. However, it also means that a greater emphasis now needs to be placed on mobile cyber security to ensure that businesses are keeping their information secure.

Threats being detected in the Android app store

Although all kind of devices has risks associated with them, those operating on the Android platform are shown to be particularly vulnerable to malware from apps. It’s therefore essential that companies with employees using Android devices are extra vigilant and aware of the possible threats.

The most prominent threat to Android users is apps, with the Google Play Store being invaded by numerous applications containing malware. Google Play Protect detected and removed 1,700 Android apps infected with the malware Bread (also known as Joker) before ever being downloaded by users.

Likewise, an analysis by G DATA showed that the number of malicious apps reached a record level in 2019. This problem is growing, and businesses have to look out for ransomware and Trojans that might compromise their data for money.

How can businesses protect themselves?

Due to the magnitude of this risk, it’s important for businesses to know the security measures they should take to defend employees mobile devices from malware. Lukas Stefanko, expert at security solutions company ESET, emphasises that the best approach to security is preventative.

“Don’t delay taking security measures until something unusual happens – in most cases it’s too late as the device may already be compromised and the data lost,” he said in an interview with We Live Security.

Businesses should require that all employees using their personal devices to access company information to have the latest operating system and antivirus software installed to defend against cyber threats. They should also encourage people to be careful of the apps they download, and always check the reviews before installing anything.

It is apparent how mobile security has become an integral aspect of information security training, and companies need to ensure they protect all channels of data access. ALC Training can help by educating employees in all aspects of cyber security, resulting in better protection for businesses in the long run.



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