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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Governments Could Fall If Digital Transformation is not Successful

There are a number of examples in history, of how governments have fallen.  Either through the ballot box, through a coup d’etat or via a civil or military war.  But have you ever stopped to think that a lack of progress in a digital transformation, could be a fourth reason?

Let me back up a bit…and outline what I believe are the reasons we have a government.  Why does it exist and why we need one.  There are five:

Here is a great video that provides some more information on what government is?

Failure by governments to maintain those outcomes and deliver great customer experiences will result in disruption.  We’ve already seen this movie before right:

But hey, they’re all commercial examples.  Have you got anything that is relevant to government?  Sure:

Here is a great video explaining Brexit:

You can also extend that to local government, such as Queensland in Australia:

I talk about digital disruption and governments in the latest #AskTheCEO discussion here:

The same forces that have helped Uber, Netflix, Google and especially Apple become commercial disrupting forces, are the same for the government:

So what is the solution.  Well it’s important to understand what needs to transform in government and then do so, quickly.  Using the latest Lean-Agile and DevOps principles, along with great talent, is how Spotify undermined their competition, so government needs to do the same.  Here are three examples:

Interesting in learning more about digital transformation.  Check out a range of courses that I run at ALC Training:

DevOps Foundation

Cloud Security

Cloud Computing

Scaled Agile

Enterprise Big Data