Zimperium: 60% of one company’s devices vulnerable to known cyber threats

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Don’t shirk from asking the tough questions, and realise mobile is your greatest cyber vulnerability. That’s the advice mobile security provider Zimperium is giving to organisations as it reveals insights from its Global Threat Intelligence lab.

The company adds that 60% of mobile devices in enterprise BYOD environments are vulnerable to known cyber threats, according to data from one customer with 7,000 mobile devices, and that companies have opened themselves up to an ‘entirely new’ category of threats with BYOD’s prevalence.

“In today’s environment, real time protection from known and unknown threats is critical to enabling successful digital business and safe BYOD programs,” said Shridhar Mittal, CEO of Zimperium in a statement. “Without a mobile threat protection solution in place, organisations are leaving the door to their corporate data open for cybercriminals.”

Zimperium gave five points as part of its research:

  • Mobile is organisations’ greatest cyber vulnerability: Zimperium argues that “without the ability to assess mobile vulnerabilities and identify threats, enterprises are at high risk for cyberattacks via personal mobile devices, the networks they connect to and applications they download”
  • The mobile threat is real: Alongside the 60% of the devices analysed which have known security threats, 6% have recorded a ‘critical’ threat event and 1% contain a malicious app
  • CIOs and CSOs must not shirk the tough questions: Zimperium argues that CIOs and CSOs are ‘ultimately responsible for the security of company data’ and should therefore have a strategy for mobile threat detection across devices, networks, and applications
  • Enterprises need to protect their business apps for their customers: This is primarily through an SDK solution, Zimperium argues
  • Look towards mobile threat protection (MTP) which mitigate risks and threats in real-time: Zimperium notes that for complete mobile defence, organisations need enterprise mobility management (EMM) and MTP

The company is making various partnerships in the enterprise; a move with BlackBerry in September to give enterprise customers greater security for iOS and Android devices, and a move earlier this month with SoftBank to offer Zimperium’s AI-powered security for mobile devices in Japan.

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