At Tech Orchard, we are no strangers to the digital workspace, a space that is constantly evolving. We continue to see businesses challenged with balancing employee needs for productivity and mobile collaboration with a secure environment that features the same ease-of-use expected from a consumer-like experience. Underscored by the expanding bring your own device (BYOD) culture, the current digital workspace points to a clear need for unified endpoint management (UEM).
For larger companies, an investment in data security and the ongoing management of policies and procedures around data usage may seem like a no-brainer. For small businesses, it may seem like an unnecessary expense. At Tech Orchard, we often hear small business owners imply that they â€śfly under the radarâ€ť of hackers and cyber criminals because of their company size. Unfortunately, recent data proves otherwise.
With massive attacks like the Equifax data breach constantly filling the news cycle, individuals and companies should be on high alert regarding cyber dangers. Unfortunately, new research shows weâ€™re far from where we need to be in terms of mobile threat prevention efforts. Avast released research last week showing a 40% increase in attacks year over year from Q2 2016 against Android smartphones and tablets. Specifically, researchers cite rooters, downloaders and fake apps as the top three mobile cybersecurity threats to Android devices.
This week, four senators across party lines proposed the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017. The bill mandates a minimum security level for internet-connected devices that are sold to and used by the federal government. It has gained support from Mozilla, the creator of the internet browser Firefox, and the Berklett Cybersecurity Project at Harvard University, among other leaders in the cyber industry.
Earlier this month, our partner company, Check Point, announced the identification of a new high-volume threat operation taking over target browsers and turning them into zombies. Check Point claims the Chinese malware Fireball has affected up to 250 million computers around the globe, though Microsoft now estimates the figure may be closer to 40 million. Regardless, this browser hijacker may have also impacted up to 20% of corporate networks and therefore is a major concern for employers worldwide.