Mobile Security Guide - Protect Your Organization from Mobile Malware

As mobile devices become more common, cybercriminals see them as having huge profit potential, and aim to gain access to the user’s confidential personal and financial information. In this Mobile Security Guide, we’ll walk you through the mobile malware landscape and what you need to know to keep your organization’s data safe.

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Malware, short for malicious or malevolent software, is software used or programmed by attackers to disrupt computer operations, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. As mobile devices become more common, cybercriminals see them as having huge profit potential, and aim to gain access to the user’s confidential personal and financial information. Mobile applications are the primary way users access information via mobile devices—as a result, the majority of mobile malware is embedded in applications that, once downloaded on the device, can gain access to valuable information. 

In this Mobile Security Guide, we’ll walk you through the mobile malware landscape and what you need to know to keep your organization’s data safe.


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Mobile Security Guide

Key Types of Mobile Malware

Trojans – Trojans are programs that once installed, provide access to the device for the person who originated the Trojan. They usually appear in untrustworthy applications downloaded on the device. Trojans exfiltrate information and can lead to significant financial and organizational harm.

Rootkits – Rootkits are malware that activate every time your system boots up, and are difficult to detect because they are activated before the OS has completely booted. A rootkit often allows the installation of hidden files, hidden user accounts and more in the OS.

Why Is Mobile Malware Growing So Rapidly?

There are three key reasons:

  • Cybercriminals see mobile devices as perfect targets because they are full of personal and financial information, and are increasingly replacing desktops as the key way for users to access the data that is essential to their personal and professional lives.
  • Historically, malware tactics such as spam and phishing dominated the web threat landscape. These easy-to-deploy attacks achieved much success, and are now transitioning to mobile devices because their authors believe that end users are susceptible to the same failings on mobile devices as they are on the desktop.
  • There are so many mobile applications to choose from these days, and smaller lesser known companies make a significant portion of popular apps. This makes it difficult for consumers to differentiate between apps that are trustworthy, and those that are malicious.

Mobile Malware Growth Statistics

  • There was a 123% growth in malware discoveries in 2012 vs. the previous year.
  • The majority of infections (95%) took place on Android devices. Common ways to exploit the OS were through application repackaging, malicious URLs, and SMS phishing.
  • The malware boom resulted in approximately 32.8 million Android devices getting infected in 2012, a 200% increase from the previous year.

Other Sections Available in Full Download

  • Examples of Mobile Malware

  • Three Easy Steps to Protect Your Organization


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