In looking back, this year has been an interesting one for mobility. Given the amount of time the concept of data security has spent in the news cycle (Equifax breach, anyone?), it’s starting to become top of mind for a growing number of organizations. And I’m not just referring to big business. Recent research has underscored the importance of mobile security in small businesses, and opened discussions about this IT priority for some who had never previously considered themselves a target for cyber criminals. Meanwhile, leading solutions providers like VMware continue to innovate and find new ways to meet such business demands.
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.
Back in February of last year, we issued a blog post on device location reporting, a topic that often comes up among our AirWatch users. Last week, we received the following email from a client working to troubleshoot an issue that arose when trying to configure this popular functionality.
As the mobile workforce expands and the amount of data available on the go increases, businesses beware: if you’re not making mobile security a top priority, it could come back to haunt you. The recently issued Nokia Threat Intelligence Report showed that the rate of mobile device infections rose steadily throughout 2016, peaking in October at an all-time high and increasing 63% from July through December over the first half of the year!
As smartphones increasingly become the primary computing device for many users, they also present a greater risk for certain cyber attacks. According to a recent report from ESET, ransomware attacks on Android devices rose more than 50% in the past year.