When it comes to mobile malware, Android is the choice as 97 percent of the dastardly software goes after the mobile platform, a new survey said.
In 2014, almost one million individual malicious apps released, almost four times as many as in the year before, according to Pulse Secure’s Mobile Threat Report, based on data pooled from more than 2.5 million mobile applications.
“[There was] significant growth in Android malware, which currently consists of 97 percent of all mobile malware developed. In 2014 alone, there were 1,268 known families of Android malware, which is an increase of 464 from 2013 and 1,030 from 2012,” the report said.
Android is the big target, and Apple’s iOS just about skates away with only four targeted attacks in 2014. The goal for a majority of those was to infiltrate jailbroken devices, the report said.
Pulse said the rise in malware meant enterprises must think long and hard before introducing bring your own device (BYOD) policies, while those that already have a BYOD plan should regularly review their security.
“Enterprise networks, while continually hardened at the perimeter, need to apply similar mobile security controls to appropriately deal with the ever increasing BYOD push coming from employees,” said Troy Vennon, director of the Pulse Secure mobile threat center.
“The focus on Android and jailbroken iOS devices by mobile malware developers illustrates that they are actively attempting to exploit mobile devices as the weak link in enterprise security,” Vennon added.
The firm suggested enterprises should pay less attention to the demands of staffers and concentrate on the requirements of the business, recommending that rather than trying to lock down a whole device they should limit efforts to just those parts that touch company systems.
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