Mobile incidents increase, as UK sees adware as main threat

News by Dan Raywood

More than three-quarters of businesses experienced a mobile security incident in the past year.

More than three-quarters of businesses experienced a mobile security incident in the past year.

According to a survey of 790 IT professionals by Check Point, 79 per cent of respondents (72 per cent in the UK) said they had had mobile security incidents in the past year.

The report found that mobile security incidents cost over £65,000 for 42 per cent of respondents, including 16 per cent who put the cost at more than £323,000.

Despite this, 63 per cent said they do not attempt to manage corporate information on employee-owned devices, and just 23 per cent use mobile management tools or a secure container on the device.

Tomer Teller, security evangelist and researcher at Check Point, said: “Without question, the explosion of bring your own device, mobile applications and cloud services, has created a herculean task to protect corporate information for businesses both large and small.

“An effective mobile security strategy will focus on protecting corporate information on the multitude of devices and implementing proper secure access controls to information and applications on the go. Equally important is educating employees about best practices as the majority of businesses are more concerned with careless employees than cyber criminals.”

Research on mobile threats released this week by Lookout found that adware was responsible for one per cent of threats. Adware is deemed to be software that collects sensitive information about a person or device through a platform. Lesser threats were charge ware (that sends premium rate SMS messages from the phone), spyware, Trojans and mobile surveillance tools.

The findings were based on mobile threats that Lookout has catalogued from the 1st January 2013 to 16th May 2013.

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