Mobile security threat level is ‘increasing every day’

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Firm finds threats contained in a number of well known apps as it launches its new enterprise mobile security solution

Mobile data gateway firm Wandera has warned enterprises that the security threat level against mobile devices is increasing every day.

The company’s chief executive Eldar Tuvey made the claim as the company launched Wandera Secure, a new mobile security app for the enterprise market.

“Initially there wasn’t much data on these devices but with the advent of the smartphone, hackers are looking more and more at these devices and malware instances are rising rapidly,” he told Mobile News.

The firm launched in 2013 to offer data analytics and data compression services to enterprises. It does this by pulling the information from the phone as the data comes in from the network. It has a number of data centres in Singapore, Germany and the United States, which it uses to analyse and compress phone data.

Tuvey claims this gives them access to the data at a very early stage,allowing the firm to identify and isolate threats at a very early stage.

“We sit in the path of the data, so anything coming off the phone, your browser, all your apps that communicate with the web, they come through us first,” Tuvey said. “We’re scanning that traffic looking for any password leaks, malicious content, viruses and phishing attacks.”

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Wandera’s own research found that seven out of 10 devices in its own network were transmitting sensitive data, while a further 20 per cent had apps which left them vulnerable to a security breach.

Furthermore, it found that popular applications were leaking sensitive data which could be used by hackers to gain access to other information. Pizza Express was transmitting usernames, passwords, dates of birth and genders, while The Economist was transmitting email addresses and hashed passwords.

Additionally, the CNCBC PRO app was leaking credentials which gave people access to full names, addresses, telephone numbers and other sensitive information.

Once installed on the phone, the Wandera Secure app will send information back to its command centre, allowing it to block malicious websites, as well as to notify users and IT managers of dodgy apps.

Part of the new security service includes an algorithm which picks up suspicious use patterns, such as higher than normal usage of particular sites, more data uploads, or anything else outside of the user’s normal behavioural patterns.

The user would then be contacted and asked to confirm whether the suspicious patterns were tasks performed by them.

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