Spam to mobile devices is increasing by 21 per cent year on year.
According to an independent study commissioned by Airwide Solutions, the amount of spam across the EU is growing at 21.3 per cent annually, although it is growing by 61.3 per cent in France.
The survey also revealed that phones are being used to safeguard sensitive company information and personal data such as social security numbers, PIN codes, passwords, company financial data and other proprietary information.
According to the study, 5.6 million people in the EU access financial information from their mobile phones - a 23.6 per cent jump from the same time last year. Italy has been the fastest to embrace mobile banking services with a 30.2 per cent increase in use from June 2007 to June 2008.
Jay Seaton, CMO at Airwide Solutions, commented: “Mobile security is a threat that is continuously growing, pretending it is not an issue does not address the problem. With significant increases in the use of mobiles phones both for personal and corporate use, mobile subscribers, parents and corporate organisations will need guarantees that their phones and data are secured.
“Whether to protect vulnerable users such as children with mobiles for family contact or to support corporates in fulfilling their duty-of-care to employees, operators are increasingly accepting a service responsibility to subscribers.”
Alistair Hill, analyst at comScore M:Metrics added: “Just from the research we carried out it is clear that we rely on our mobile phones to carry out a large percentage of our daily tasks. Ensuring we are protected from security risks is paramount. Solutions exist to help mobile operators to protect us through effectively policing their networks.”