MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar 10, 2021–
Menlo Security, a leader in cloud security, today announced an industry first by extending its cloud-based Secure Web Gateway (SWG) to include web isolation for mobile devices. This new offering is designed to eliminate the threat of malware and phishing attacks when users are accessing the internet and email from their smartphones and tablets.
Mobile device usage continues to grow in the enterprise and the security risk has increased accordingly:
- Browser vulnerabilities: Web browsers are increasingly being used to access new applications and cloud resources. This makes web browsers a significant target for attackers to exploit and gain a foothold in the enterprise. Recent research published by Menlo Labs showed how 83 percent of browsers were not patched within 30 days by enterprises after a Chrome update. Because mobile browsers are updated less frequently than desktop browsers, Menlo Labs anticipates the same problem with mobile devices. Two recent bugs fixed by Apple and Google on their web browsers that were actively exploited in the wild are leading indicators of the increasing focus on mobile browsers.
- Phishing: According to industry research1, the surge in remote work has increased mobile phishing attacks by 37 percent globally and 66 percent in North America alone. The report found that unmitigated mobile phishing threats could cost organizations with 10,000 mobile devices as much as $35 million per incident, and up to $150 million for organizations with 50,000 mobile devices.
- Malicious document download: Malicious file downloads on mobile devices are another area of risk. File-based threats are occurring with greater frequency and higher success rates as threat actors have continued to hone and adapt their social engineering and spear phishing skills to fit today’s trends, including the use of mobile browsers. Consider that hundreds of millions of users are now working remotely and relying on Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms and rich web apps to improve mobility and productivity. As a result, mission-critical files and documents increasingly live outside the corporate firewall,…