Mobile App Misconfigurations Will Lead to Security Breaches
The best defense is to keep mobile devices fixed in a safe configuration by means of an MDM policy, supplemented by app shielding and "containers" that protect important data, Gartner claims.By 2017, 75 percent of mobile security breaches will be the result of mobile application misconfiguration, according to a report from IT research firm Gartner. In that same year, the company predicts that the focus of endpoint breaches will shift to tablets and smartphones, as the number of mobile devices being sold to consumers continues to rise—Gartner projects nearly 2.2 billion smartphones and tablets will be sold to users in 2014. "Mobile security breaches are—and will continue to be—the result of misconfiguration and misuse on an app level, rather than the outcome of deeply technical attacks on mobile devices," Dionisio Zumerle, principal research analyst at Gartner, said in a statement. "A classic example of misconfiguration is the misuse of personal cloud services through apps residing on smartphones and tablets. When used to convey enterprise data, these apps lead to data leaks that the organization remains unaware of for the majority of devices." Gartner said the best defense is to keep mobile devices fixed in a safe configuration by means of a mobile device management (MDM) policy, supplemented by app shielding and "containers" that protect important data.
Jailbreaking and rooting can also allow malware to be downloaded to the device and open it up to all sorts of malicious actions, including extraction of enterprise data. Rooted or jailbroken mobile devices also become prone to brute force attacks on passcodes.