Check Point Software Technologies examines the major mobile attack vectors and how to protect corporate data and networks against them
Mobile security is no longer a possibility, it is a necessity. The past decade has seen an explosion in the number of people who have adopted an approach BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) thanks to which they use their personal devices for work. And, with the current smart working needs triggered by the global spread of COVID-19, millions more people have been forced to adopt this mode and will continue to do so for some time to come.
Check Point Software Technologies warns to avoid an increase in cyber attacks
But this rapid increase in the use of mobile devices, coupled with their low level of security, makes them one of the most common targets for cybercriminals trying to break into corporate data security. According to the Cyber Security Report 2020, nearly a third of organizations worldwide suffer from direct attacks on mobile devices, and 60% of IT security professionals doubt their companies would be able to avoid a mobile security breach. And we can anticipate that these percentages are bound to increase, given the current situation.
The 5 main and most common cyber threats
The protection of mobile devices, therefore, must now be mandatory. What cyber threats are we talking about? Here, we’ve outlined the top five threats that put the security of mobile devices at risk, with tips on how to optimize their protection.
Tips for avoiding cyber threats
Finally, it is important for organizations to recognize that mobile device management and security are not synonymous. Some mistakenly believe that, depending on the operating system installed, the security of a mobile device can be better. While it is true that both Android and iOS provide their own tools to optimize the security of devices using their software, no operating system is impenetrable in itself. Both are susceptible to security breaches. Therefore, mobile devices must be treated like any other connection point to the corporate network in terms of security, risk management and threat visibility.
Therefore, to have the highest safety standards, it is essential to comply with certain policies such as device encryption and implement solutions such as remote data wipe. Some mobile threat defense solutions can also help organizations protect corporate devices from advanced mobile attacks. In addition, they are able to protect employee devices from infected applications, MitM attacks via Wi-Fi, operating system exploits, and malicious links in SMS messages. Quite simply, then, by taking a more proactive approach to mobile security, organizations are better prepared to prevent and avoid the most sophisticated of cyber attacks.
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