MobileIron security report: iOS increases dominance, Dropbox most banned consumer app


Dropbox, Facebook and Skype continue to be among the most common consumer apps blacklisted by organisations while iOS increases its dominance as the enterprise operating system of choice, according to a new report released by MobileIron.

The enterprise mobility management (EMM) software provider, in its second Mobile Security and Risk Review report, dissected anonymous customer data compiled between the second quarter of this year and found the share of iOS devices grew from 78% in Q415 to 81% this time round. Android devices remained flat at 18%.

The report naturally also examined the rise of mobile attacks and attack vectors, although arguing most of the new attacks which have appeared seem to rehash old tactics against mobile-specific services. Among the new threats are Android GMBot, which remotely controls infected devices to trick victims into providing their bank credentials, Marcher, Android malware which mimics bank web pages, and SideStepper, an iOS vulnerability which aims to intercept and manipulate traffic between an MDM server and a managed device.

James Plouffe, lead architect at MobileIron, argued enterprises were ‘alarmingly complacent’ when it comes to security best practice. “The velocity of mobile attacks is increasing, but the latest data shows that enterprises are still not doing the things they could be to protect themselves,” he said.

The top three blacklisted apps – Dropbox, Facebook, and Angry Birds – remain unchanged from Q4 2015. Indeed, it is possible to go as far back as 2013, where analysis by Fiberlink had this particular trio in its top 10 banned list. As far as MobileIron is concerned, the list indicates the ‘tension’ between IT and employees, while noting that enterprise versions of certain apps, such as Dropbox, Box, and Evernote, are available. In terms of most popular third-party apps, PockedCloud Remote Desktop, which was not featured in Q4, is now the most commonly deployed.

Another interesting part of the report detailed global and national trends on mobile security. The UK and Japan (4%) were the best performers in terms of companies with compromised devices, well ahead the global average of 9% with Belgium and France (12%) the worst performers. With regard to countries whose organisations enforce OS updates, the tables were turned; Belgium (15%) was the best performer, with Germany (10%) and the US (9%) batting higher than the global average of 8%.

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