Sam King, the executive vice president of product strategy and corporate development at Veracode said “during our initial analysis of mobile applications we found that 91% of the top mobile apps unnecessarily expose a user’s personally identifiable information”, “despite this, most mobile users and businesses aren’t aware of the risk these apps pose to their organisation”.
We live in an age where smart phones act as portable PC’s and apps have become a substitute for desktop software’s, however this is putting more and more of us at risk as we become more and more trusting of these apps, giving away information that leaves us at risk.
The universality of mobility within a business environment is indisputable. “Mobile computing raises new security concerns in an increasingly mobile world, where devices may be employee-owned, frequently changed, and used for both personal and business purposes,” as stated by Gartner Research. “With the growing penetration of mobile devices in the enterprise, security testing and protection of mobile application and data become mandatory precautions against attacks.“
Nevertheless, security risks increase within a bring-your-own device (BYOD) environment.
“The rise of BYOD friendly workplaces means employees are now downloading personal apps on devices that have access to corporate as well as private data,” said Neil DuPaul, SEO analyst and social media manager at Veracode. “It is not uncommon for useful and seemingly harmless applications to be designed to perform tasks that are unrelated and unnecessary to the advertised function of the app.”
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