The pandemic-fueled increase of remote workers has caused mobile and BYOD (bring your own device) usage to soar across enterprise organizations and small businesses. Predictably, it didn’t take long for cybercriminals to cash in on the boom market in business mobility.
With approximately 5.3 billion mobile device users now roaming the planet — more than 90% relying on “smart” or internet-enabled devices — the preponderance of sparsely protected mobile assets has created a “moveable feast” for online predators.
These devices are increasingly targeted by mobile-optimized attacks, including adware, banking Trojans, malware, and remote access Trojans (RATs) – all growing in frequency, sophistication, and cost to victims.
Android Devices Are Being Targeted
Attacks against Android™ devices are happening on a significant scale. Here are some of the latest numbers:
97% of organizations have contended with mobile malware threats that leverage various attack vectors.
Banking malware threats on Android devices increased by 80% in 2021.
Last year, adware accounted for 42% of new mobile malware worldwide.
47% of free Android antivirus (AV) programs cannot effectively detect malware. Are BYOD employees relying on free AV programs?
Mobile malware apps that provide backdoors into phones are infiltrating via SMS or text messaging. Some cybercriminals are paying monthly fees of $5,000 to rent weaponized apps that let them steal access credentials and sensitive data.
Mobile threat defense (MTD) strategies help disrupt the pace and severity of malware attacks. This includes improving the overall security hygiene of your organization’s mobile users, and embracing modern mobile solutions that go beyond traditional security and enterprise mobility management (EMM).
BlackBerry and Samsung: Partnering to Provide Enhanced MTD
BlackBerry and Samsung joined forces in 2014 to provide high-security enterprise mobility management (EMM) based on BlackBerry UEM (unified endpoint management) and Samsung Knox, a proprietary security and management framework that comes pre-installed on most Samsung mobile devices. To…