Mobile Malware Issues Persist as Devices Remain Exposed
The Juniper report said the low adoption level of security software could be attributed to many factors, including low consumer awareness of threats.More than 80 percent of the total enterprise- and consumer-owned smartphone device base is expected to remain unprotected through 2013, despite a steadily increasing consumer awareness of mobile security products, according to a report from IT research firm Juniper. At the same time, the report found that nearly 1.3 billion mobile devices including smartphones, feature phones and tablets are expected to have mobile security software installed by 2018, up from around 325 million this year. The Mobile Security: BYOD, mCommerce, Consumer & Enterprise 2013-2018 report also found that security risks are on the rise due to an explosion of mobile malware over the last two years. The report said device manufacturers and security vendors need to strike a balance between security and user-friendliness. Despite the prevalence of free security software, Juniper analysts said the scale of cyber-crime’s expansion in the mobile arena offers a clear opportunity for the creation of a new revenue streams for mobile security providers.
The report claimed that the low level of adoption of security software could be attributed to a number of factors, including the relatively low consumer awareness about online attack on mobile devices and a widespread consumer perception that the price of security products is excessive.