Some examples of cyber threats include Physical Threats, Application Threats, Network Threats as well as Web-based and Endpoint Threats.
Lost or Stolen Devices are one of the most prevalent mobile threats. The value of a mobile device is not just in its hardware, which can be sold illegally, but also in the potentially sensitive personal and organizational data it could hold.
Downloadable applications can present many types of security issues for mobile devices. Even though these “malicious apps” may seem legitimate when downloaded, they are intentionally created to deceive and defraud users. Some examples of application-based threats include malware, spyware, privacy threats and vulnerable application.
Mobile devices typically support cellular networks as well as local wireless networks (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth). By exploiting weaknesses in the mobile OS or other software used in local or cellular networks, cyber criminals can install malware on your phone without your knowledge.
Attackers use sites that look like official websites tricking users into uploading sensitive data or downloading malicious applications. Users who download the app do not realize that it is a malicious app used to probe the devices for vulnerabilities and disclose data.
Mobile apps connect to data and internal applications using endpoints. These endpoints receive and process data, and then return a response to the mobile device. Endpoints used by the application must be properly coded with authentication and authentication controls to stop and deter attackers. Incorrectly secured endpoints could be the target of an attacker who can use them to compromise the application and steal data to the advantage of the attackers.
Components of Mobile Security
There are several ways in which organisations who use mobile devices can protect themselves from cyber criminals.
Below are some of the components of cybersecurity strategies used to protect organization from attacks directed towards mobile devices:
- Penetration scanners: Automated scanning services can be used to find vulnerabilities in endpoints. While this is not the only cybersecurity that should be used on endpoints, it is the first step in finding authentication and authorization issues that could be used to compromise data security.
- Auditing and device control: While administrators cannot remote control a smartphone or tablet, they can require users to install remote wiping capabilities and tracking services. GPS can be used to locate a stolen device, and remote wiping software will remove all critical data should it be stolen.
- Email security: is one of the biggest threats to any organizations. Email services are usually added to a mobile device so that users can obtain their email messages. Any phishing messages could target mobile devices with malicious links or attachments. Email filters should block messages that contain suspicious links and attachments.
It is also important to create BYOD and mobile device policies that instruct users what can and cannot be installed on the device.
As more users shift from computer to mobile to search for information and services, we see an obvious growing trend in mobile attacks. Businesses are being put at risk for regulatory compliance violations, stolen user data, and more importantly, loss of user trust, bringing irreparable damage to brand reputation.
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