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Malware on remote devices doubles since 2020, 1 in 10 fall prey to mobile phishing

Malware on remote devices doubles since 2020, 1 in 10 fall prey to mobile phishing
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Malware threats seems to be getting more severe with the rising work from home scenario with the number of remote devices that suffered malware installations doubling from 3% in 2020 to 6% in 2021, according to a report by Jamf, an Apple mobile device management company.

Another alarming finding is that 7% of compromised devices continued to access cloud storage services in 2021, while 1 out of 10 people were found to be clicking on phishing links on the enterprise mobile devices.

The study was conducted through a sample of 5 lakh devices across 90 countries for a period of 12 months. The numbers showed a casual posture from enterprises towards security, with 39% allowing devices with known operating system vulnerabilities to operate in a production environment, which was up from 28% in 2020.

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Also read: Inside security threats triggered by employees' negligence putting firms at risk 

The report also showed that individuals connecting to risky hotspots had doubled. The results could be attributed to a direct increase in the number of remote devices being deployed in the wake of the work from home situation.  What is worrisome is that only 1% of users had jailbroken or rooted their device in 2021, however, the number of malware attacks had still doubled.

Employees are still the weakest link in the entire security chain, with a Ponemon institute report showing that 56% of incidents experienced by organisations were owed to negligence of employees. 

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At the start of the pandemic, many though that the work from home situation would be temporary, but enterprises today are strategizing on a hybrid work model for the long term, which could explain the rise in malware and other doubling of security threats on mobile devices.