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.
The future is no longer on a distant horizon: Mobility has overtaken the desktop as a fundamental part of how business is conducted; cloud adoption is prompting businesses to transform how they roll out applications and services with the promise of a more agile and automated IT infrastructure; IoT is connecting greater numbers of devices; and big data is gathering information on everything from telemetry readings of sensors to how many calories have been burned during an afternoon walk. The security implications among all of these elements are significant.
As cybersecurity presents an increasingly complex and concerning environment for personal, business and government safety, attention to the secure use of mobile devices is more important than ever for individuals around the world. In fact, recent news of cybercriminals and hackers having connections deeply rooted in the Russian government, as well as the thousands of unauthorized “app stores” hosted in China, has underscored the growing number of threats in existence — and therefore a clear need to be proactive.
Since 2004, October has been recognized as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).
The initiative for the recognition was spearheaded by the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). During the month of October, those government agencies are joined by the nonprofit National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) in encouraging Americans to be vigilant about computer and internet use.