Enterprises use a combination of top-rated technology options and best practices in keeping away attackers who have become emboldened and more sophisticated. For example, businesses use a wide range of security solutions to protect their data both in motion and residing in the cloud or physical storage. You will find a wide array of tools ranging from firewalls to data loss prevention software.
By: Alessandro Civati CEO at LIRAX.org - Blockchain & AI Trust Solution Provider
Despite all these efforts to secure networks and data, the mobile endpoint remains the most significant security challenges for enterprises today. Attackers are aware of this and are always finding ways of exploiting mobile endpoints each day. Verizon's study revealed that four out of 10 companies suffered a breach through a mobile device.
Mobile devices have been identified to be behind the most high profile attacks in recent times. An attack on Amazon highlighted how an alleged compromised iPhone could be used to target networks. Mobile devices can be compromised without the use of sophisticated brute force techniques.
Mobile devices are easily compromised through simple phishing techniques. These types of attacks have been on the rise with the widespread use of mobile devices and, more recently, with the massive shift to remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A survey by Lookout indicated that there was an increase of 37% in enterprise mobile phishing in the first quarter of 2020. Other methods used to compromise mobile devices include malicious applications and malicious Wi-Fi hotspots.
What Are the Consequences of Poor Mobile Device Security?
Any lapses in mobile endpoint security will have far-reaching consequences, especially for enterprise environments. Security teams are wary of mobile ransomware payloads that can have terrible outcomes since they are challenging to detect and get rid of them.
Once a successful malware payload has been deployed through some of the standard attack methods, the attacker gains access to the mobile device's corporate network. The common techniques used to introduce a malware payload include malicious app downloads and text phishing. After gaining access to the corporate network, an attack will encrypt files on other network-connected devices and ask for ransom.
Some spyware payloads allow attackers to gain entry into an enterprise network through the mobile device. Attackers are also in a position to access a device's camera, microphone, and location services. Data collected through device snooping can be used as per the objectives of the attacker. The data can be sold to the highest bidder on the Dark Web or can be used to initiate subsequent but sophisticated phishing attacks.
Phishing attacks disguise commonly used applications such as bank accounts to dupe users into entering sensitive data into a mobile device's phony login request. Similar phishing attempts are also possible through enterprise apps such as Dropbox and Microsoft 365. By giving out login information, attackers will be in a position to enter a corporate account and steal critical company data.
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