Threat of the month: Mobile malware
August's threat of the month is mobile malware.
What is it?
Malware is increasingly being created for mobile devices, as growth of these devices explodes.
How does It work?
Two main types of mobile malware are “trojans” and “rootkits.” Trojans are programs that can provide the attacker unauthorized access to the device. These usually appear in apps downloaded on the device. Rootkits are malware that typically activate when the device system boots up. A rootkit allows the installation of hidden files, hidden user accounts, etc., to gain root (administrator) access over the device.
How can I prevent it?
Have your employees only download apps from trusted stores, since apps from third-party stores are more likely to be infected with malware. Have employees keep their devices updated to the latest available firmware, as this is the best way to patch device vulnerabilities. Also, ask employees not to click unfamiliar links sent by SMS or email, and instead notify the security department.