With the transition to widespread remote work in the wake of COVID-19, mobile security has become more important than ever. Employees are commonly working from mobile devices, meaning that these devices have access to sensitive company and customer data, and direct connectivity to the enterprise network.
Many corporate cybersecurity strategies focus on traditional endpoints, but mobile devices are just as vulnerable to malware infections. As mobile devices become more important to personal and business lives, the number and types of mobile malware are rapidly expanding. Today, any cyberattack that can be carried out on a traditional endpoint – credential theft, ransomware, data exfiltration, etc. – can also be performed on a mobile device.
Mobile malware has been a growing threat for years. Mobile devices are the primary means by which many people access the Internet, and the “always on” mobile culture tends to lower barriers to exploitation by increasing the probability that a malicious link will be clicked, or a suspicious app downloaded.
During COVID-19, employees needed to use collaboration apps (videoconferencing, messengers, etc.) to communicate and often selected ones without corporate review or approval. As a result, corporate communications occurred outside of the organization’s visibility.
With work from home, employees commonly are working from personal mobile devices; however, these devices are often also accessible to and used by children and other family members as well. This increases the probability that corporate data will be exposed to attackers via installation of malware or other risky behavior.
Cybercriminals are well aware of the central role that mobile devices play in many peoples’ lives and have adapted their tactics to match. The mobile threat landscape is evolving rapidly, and mobile malware is a significant threat to personal and enterprise security:
Mobile devices present a different threat surface than traditional endpoints. Securing these devices requires following mobile-specific security best practices:
Enterprise mobile malware protection requires deployment of a robust enterprise mobile security solution. A 2020 assessment of mobile threat management (MTM) vendors recognizes Check Point’s Harmony Mobile as a leader in mobile security for the third year in a row.
Harmony Mobile provides comprehensive protection against all enterprise mobile attack vectors. At the same time, it is designed to be a highly user-friendly solution with minimal impact on device performance or user privacy.