Android Malware Brings Increased Risk to the Enterprise

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391 per cent increase in unique malicious applications during 2014, says a report.

A report by Pulse Secure Mobile Threat Center research facility found there continues to be an increase of Android developed malware in an attempt to turn a profit. The research also illustrates that in 2014, nearly one million (931,620) unique malicious applications were produced, representing a 391 percent increase over 2013.

Additionally, in the report, the Mobile Threat Center determined a significant growth in Android malware, which currently consists of 97 percent of all mobile malware developed. In 2014 alone, there were 1,268 known families of Android malware, which is an increase of 464 from 2013 and 1,030 from 2012.

The report also found significant takeaways for enterprises, highlighting that many organizations have attempted to embrace BYOD with Mobile Device Management (MDM) suites or capabilities, but are being met with resistance from users because personal devices are falling under the control of enterprise administrators.

In 2015, enterprises should expect to see a shift from trying to manage and secure an entire mobile device via MDM to one of employing workspaces to secure only portions of the device that access and store corporate data.


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