According to a newly released threat intelligence index, Australia has the highest percentage of mobile threats detected of the countries studied.
While many people have an understanding of the risks associated with cybersecurity on desktop and laptop devices, the risks associated with mobile devices often receive as much attention. The index looked at more than 160 million available mobile applications, and determined that Australians are most likely to be at risk from mobile app threats.
Additionally, it was determined that while both iPhone and Android devices posed risks for mobile threats, Australians that are iPhone users are far more likely to download a questionable application than an Android phone user. Because of Apple’s work to secure their devices and applications, there is apathy within the iPhone community that is an important factor.
Similar to the concept of phishing, social engineering plays a role in these attacks, once again making humans the weakest link in the security chain. Should your team be using work devices, or using personal devices to access sensitive systems, it is critical that the IT team have a plan in place to mitigate and protect against mobile-based cybersecurity threats.
Looking for additional support to prepare your staff for the growing cyber threat? Our team at Vertex Cyber Security offers comprehensive cybersecurity training to organisations, both in person and online, as well as crafting policies that aim to enhance security for mobile devices being used in the course of business. Contact us to learn more.