Symantec yesterday released their latest Internet Security Threats Report with something that caught me off guard. There was a 58 percent increase in mobile threats occurred last year, with a third of those threats designed to steal information. These are threats that are aimed at smartphones and tablets. Not only that, social networks are becoming more of the launching pad for attacks, not to mention that targeted attacks, hacktivism, and data breaches are on the rise. Not good if you ask me. I strongly suggest that you give this a read if you have a business or support users in a business from a IT security perspective.
Now on the mobile front, I’ll mention this: Symantec announced an update to their Mobile Management Suite that provides some protection from the mobile related threats. Updates include:
- a secure email client for both iOS and Android platforms
- single sign-on across wrapped apps to improve authentication process and security
- SSL policing and URL whitelisting for secure app connections
More details can be found in this blog post. Businesses who have mobile devices deployed, should take a look at this.