In 2019, we have seen numerous cyber attacks against companies and institutions where mobile devices have also played an important role. One of the leading causes is that many organizations still place the main focus of their cyber security on their networks, platforms, servers, and desktops, neglecting that can occur using the corporate mobiles of employees as an attack vector.

Therefore, it is convenient for companies to know these four types of security risks related to mobile. This way you can either upgrade the security strategy or to prevent the threats in the most efficient way possible.

1.- Cryptojacking

It is a type of attack that involves the unauthorized use of a device to mine cryptocurrencies. Its effects range from a much lower performance of the tools to even physical damage. Although its first objectives were desktop computers and laptops, it has had a great boom throughout the year on mobile devices.

2.- Data Leaks

According to a Ponemon report, companies have a 28% chance of suffering some incident where there is data leakage in the coming years. With the new regulation of the GDPR in force, this has become a particularly sensitive issue for companies, since some have already been severely sanctioned for their non-compliance.

In the case of mobile devices, they also possessed the same risk. This is because filtering incidents may appear to be less than in desktop computers. In mobile, files and data are usually handled with less care. Many users save part of their apps and files in a public cloud that may not be under the control of the company. Moreover, this type of cloud as iCloud has suffered numerous attacks in the past that have affected even celebrities.

3.- Insecure networks

Mobile business devices are in continuous movement. Therefore, they exposed to many networks where the organization does not have control over them. The most common case is that in open and unsecured Wi-Fi networks in public places cyber attackers can take advantage of to steal sensitive information from the device. Sometimes, they are even able to take control of the victim’s device. One of the most dangerous methods is the attacks of false access points or “evil twin” (evil twin AP). The cyber attackers use the same SSIDs as the authentic access point for the user to connect erroneously to them and be able to steal information.

4.- Social engineering attacks

Cyber criminals who employ social engineering attacks look for the weaknesses of human nature. They use deception so that the user is the one who facilitates access to the malware, either by clicking on a URL, downloading a file or promoting data where you should not.

As you can see, mobile security risks can pose a significant danger to companies. Therefore, to prevent corporate mobile devices from becoming a vector of attack, it is essential to combine cyber security training for our employees and the use of best-advanced cyber security service.

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