In just six months, between June 2010 and January 2011, Android targeted malware threats went up by 400% (June vs January) according to new research published by Juniper Networks (via Help Net Security).
With predictions of smart devices set to eclipse computer use in the future, malware authors have turned their attention to mobile platforms with a vengeance, and the research highlights this problem well.
The findings show that there is a deep need for improving mobile security awareness amongst user and organisations, while better policies and solutions are needed to mitigate the risks of a growth of mobile devices on networks. The report highlights the following key points:
- The lack of anti-malware on mobile devices is a key disabler to securing the devices on the network, and off-putting to new users using diverse app stores
- WiFi is a core infection vector on mobile devices, and this will need to be addressed in order to make such devices safe
- Device loss and theft remains a core concern for confidential data or data access