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 we’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.

  1. Rooters, which comprised roughly 23% of the attacks documented, are primarily used to spy and steal personal information. Access achieved via rooting allows the hacker to take control of the device and the user’s personal data. According to Gagan Singh, SVP and general manager of mobile and IoT at Avast, “Mobile cybersecurity attacks are growing rapidly as hackers’ strategies become more agile and dangerous, and what’s at stake is mostly the user’s personal data and privacy.”
  2. Downloaders, sometimes referred to as droppers, represented another 23% of threats. Using social engineering tactics, these attacks trick victims into installing more malicious apps. This can result in full-screen ads that show even outside of the app itself and may include links to suspicious sites.
  3. Fake apps, which accounted for 7% of the threats, often present themselves as the official app for a well-known company or brand. Once downloaded, these malicious apps then install a Trojan horse on the device, allowing the attacker access to personal information like credit card numbers and bank accounts.

Users can take simple precautions to avoid some of these threats by only downloading apps through trusted marketplaces and regularly updating key security settings. But as mobile cybersecurity threats become more sophisticated, more extensive steps may need to be taken. At an enterprise level, the only way to protect your organization’s smartphones and tablets from these types of threats is to invest in a mobile threat prevention (MTP) solution.

At Tech Orchard, we’ve partnered with Check Point to offer the most advanced and comprehensive MTP on the market. Rather than seeking reactive measures to an infection, Check Point’s SandBlast zero-day protection allows organizations to proactively prevent infections from occurring in the first place. In fact, it can prevent attacks within your networks, messages, operating system and apps simultaneously. Take a look at SandBlast Mobile overview for more information about this critical solution, and contact us to put it to work in your organization.