Magazine article Information Management

Unsecured Mobile Apps Are Putting Organizations at Risk

Magazine article Information Management

Unsecured Mobile Apps Are Putting Organizations at Risk

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Malware targeting mobile devices is on the rise. In 2014, more than 16 million devices were infected, an increase of 25% over the previous year, reported Motive Security Labs, an offshoot of the French telecommunications company Alcatel Lucent. Threats such as Heartbleed and Not Compatible are coming to the forefront and targeting mobile devices.

While you might think that would be enough to convince companies to increase security for their mobile devices, such is not the case. Recent research conducted by the Ponemon Institute on behalf of IBM found that more than half of companies polled have no budget for mobile security.

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The study revealed six reasons why mobile applications are insecure:

1. The "rush to release" can result in apps being released with vulnerabilities. Nearly 40% of the respondents said their organizations don't scan for vulnerabilities.

2. Mobile apps are often tested infrequently or too late. Most often, apps are tested in development or post-development. …

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