Cybercriminals have always been in the lookout for less secure targets and what could be 60% less secure than an unpatched laptop? “A mobile phone running on Android”.
So it’s no surprise that last year Verizon found that 4 in 10 companies were breached through a mobile device. It’s now an open secret that mobile devices happen to be your weakest security link.
Most companies are aware that personal mobile devices are very prone to attacks but forget to consider the fact of how exposed they leave their business. A 2019 study found that most companies allow mobile devices to access between 1/3 and 3/4 of their most business-critical information. However, mobile devices come with a host of issues made worse by the mass migration to remote work and the remote migration has worsened the mobile threat.
The BYOD trend where people use their personal devices for work was already getting acceptance and with the coronavirus pushing most to work remotely, mobile device access to business data has become the new norm.
Nowadays mobile phones have workplace productivity apps like Outlook , Teams and Share Point etc running on them and giving these phones easy access to a majority of the business data. And without any kind of control over mobile device security and data protection, there is tremendous risk of critical data being exposed to cyber criminals.
And if you’re relying on the phishing filters and spam filters in email alone, there’s a huge security gap. As of last year, the Verizon study found the majority of phishing on mobile phones arrives not through email but rather through text messages, social media, and apps.
If you’re thinking “I’m safe, I have an iPhone” you might not know that in 2019, researchers found more iOS apps than Android apps with security weaknesses.
Mobile Device Management (MDM) with Network Level Threat detection
This shows how important it is to protect mobile phones from these easy attack vectors and there’s no better way to do this that using an efficient Mobile Device Management software that also has Network level Threat detection.
Mobile Device Management allows the administrator to control what apps can be downloaded, what corporate services can be accessed from the phone, and enables remote wiping in the event the device is lost or stolen. The Network level Threat detection module monitors and blocks any malware or trojans traversing the network links.