Mobile Business Users Incur Highest Malware Risk
A new report from Allot Communications revealed that youth and Millennials are also at high risk, with 65 percent of these people using potentially risky mobile apps every day.Business users display the riskiest online behavior, with 79 percent of businessmen and 67 percent of businesswomen using potentially risky apps every day, according to an Allot Communications report. The research, which analyzed mobile data records from a random sample of 500,000 mobile users over a seven-day period, found that although mobile app downloads are often protected, their ongoing use is not protected, making users vulnerable to malware threats. "We were generally surprised with the level of potential risk specific profiles have when using apps, but the most concerning finding is the strong correlation between the level of app usage to the increasing level of risk," Yaniv Sulkes, senior vice president of marketing at Allot Communications, told eWEEK. "Since we live in a hyperconnected world in which people and things are becoming more and more connected, this finding means the level of risk is ever increasing—rising at a higher rate than the increase in usage." Sulkes said businesses could start limiting the security exposure of employees on the go by taking three steps.
"First, put much more attention on safeguarding mobile usage. Maybe businesses, especially smaller ones, do not put emphasis on protecting mobile devices," he explained. "Second, since many businesses are lacking in security expertise, they should outsource their security and turn to managed security services, which can be typically provided by cloud or service providers."