4 Mobile Device Dangers Worse Than Malware
Worried about malware? Other threats should come to mind first for North American users, from losing the phone to inadvertently connecting to an insecure or rogue access point
Yet, mobile users--especially those in North America--should worry more about other threats. While smartphones and tablets could be platforms for a whole new generation of malicious functionality, the ecosystems surrounding the most popular devices work well to limit their exposure to malware. The number of malware variants targeting the Android platform is certainly expanding--surpassing 275,000 as of the first quarter of 2013, according to security firm Juniper Networks--but few of the malicious programs have snuck into the mainstream application marketplaces.
Instead, the top threats to organizations grab fewer headlines. While security experts continue to put malware as a significant threat, lost and stolen devices, insecure communications, and insecure application development affect many more users. Juniper, for example, puts insecure communications at the top of its list, says Troy Vennon, director of the mobile threat center at Juniper Networks.
"We see a lot of organizations that have gone to the BYOD model, and they are encouraging their users to connect back into the enterprise for access to data and resources," he says. "They are trying to figure out how they are going to secure that communication and secure that transfer of data." Read full story on Dark Reading
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