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Mobile threats for the new year

Posted on 1/23/13 9:17:00 AM

Along with the new year bringing in many different challenges for Americans, mobile threats are also expected to increase in 2013. Considering the number of threats expected to hit mobile devices in the new year, BusinessDay recently gave the top mobile security threats for 2013.

One of the biggest targets of the new year will be Android platforms. Mobile security threats are already a problem for those who have Android phones, affecting millions of users a year.

"Mobile security will definitely become a larger issue in 2013 as the increase of usage and dependency move up exponentially," said John Ceraolo, chief security officer at 3Cinteractive in Boca Raton, Florida. "We will do more with mobile because we can and this is no small part to having our demands met at unprecedented levels. The interesting thing is that the protections needed for 2013 are not that different than they were in 2012 and the preceding years: lock your devices, use remote find/wipe tools, backups, etc."

Mobile security threats are currently compromising the safety of tablets and smartphones in China and Russia, with the countries reporting a 40 percent infection rate according to the source.

BYOD becoming more popular
A serious concern of many businesses across the country is the emergence of the Bring Your Own Device trend that is being adopted. BYOD allows employees of a company to use their own mobile devices to conduct business instead of using a company-issued smartphone or tablet. The benefits of having a company-issued device is that malware can be limited with certain security measures.

"Mobile security will definitely be a bigger issue in 2013," said Ryan Naraine, security evangelist at Kaspersky Lab in Woburn, Massachusetts. "More and more companies are allowing employees to bring their own devices and giving them access to corporate assets. This puts business data at serious risk if there is a malware outbreak or if the device gets lost or stolen."

According to Forrester, 37 percent of organizations currently allow their employees to connect personally owned smartphones to their company networks, while 34 percent of companies allow hookups for personally owned touch tablets. With the popularity of the trend increasing, mobile devices security is a necessity to keep information safe.