Education and a state of advanced preparedness are the easiest ways for international enterprises to protect against malicious cybersecurity attacks. By taking an “offensive” approach to cybersecurity, international enterprises can more effectively protect national, as well as international business data from the tenacious efforts of hackers. Going forward, it is important that enterprises learn from their predecessors, who suffered major data breaches in 2015.
Enterprise Focused Cybersecurity Trends
2015 saw an increase in the number of hacker incidents, including data breaches and the theft of personal identification of millions of persons worldwide. If 2015, taught us anything, it taught as that user error is one of the primary access points exploited by hackers. On an international scale, mobile devices are rapidly becoming another top access point that hackers can use to gain access to vital enterprise data. To mitigate the vulnerabilities of mobile devices, enterprises need to keep the following trends in mind:
Mobile devices can quickly become an advanced threat.
The more advanced security systems become, the more versatile hackers become at finding new infiltration tactics. Mobile devices are one of the assets that can easily be exploited by a hacker. For many enterprise employees, their mobile device is the gateway to email accounts, secure data, user-verified log-in information, and other vital data sources. If a mobile device is compromised, then a hacker can easily launch attacks against other systems. One of the ways to combat this vulnerability is through mobile device management solutions, which are designed to isolate mobile devices away from the enterprise’s core network.
International incidents of mobile malware are on the rise.
One of the most prevalent mobile malware markets occurs on Chinese mobile devices. Most Chinese mobile users lack access to official app stores, which means that hackers have an easier time of infiltrating apps with targeted mobile malware. Experts predict that by the end of 2016 there will be over 20 million apps affected with mobile malware. International enterprises with affiliates in China need to take precautionary measures to secure their networks against mobile malware attacks. One such measure that should always be taken is the importance of user education, as well as software and application updates that involve security patches. If an app is not updated with the proper security patch, then the door is open for a hacker to hijack the mobile device, and subsequently launch a larger attack on the enterprise network.
Ransomware will continue to run rampant and can be launched via mobile devices.
Ransomware, a malicious program that is designed to lock devices and / or encrypt data until the ransom is paid, will continue to be seen throughout the remainder of 2016. While Ransomware can be delivered in a wide variety of forms, new evidence shows that simple mobile targeted email phishing scams are an increasingly popular mode of entry. International enterprises who rely on data for day-to-day business operations need to explore the benefits of backing up vital business data, as well as placing vital data in a secure, non-network connected data center. By taking the extra precautions needed to protect data, enterprises can avoid the negative effects of a Ransomware attack.
By recognizing the potential vulnerabilities of mobile devices, and by implementing mobile device management solutions, enterprises can mitigate the risks posed by increasingly determined hackers.