Mobile users experienced 200% more malicious apps this year compared to 2020

Mobile users experienced 200% more malicious apps this year compared to 2020

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New data from Lookout highlights growing threats faced by organisations. More than 1 in 5 enterprise mobile users encountered at least one phishing attack this year. And more than 50% of consumers encountered a phishing attack.

Appurity, the cross-platform mobility specialist and Lookout Elite Partner, an integrated endpoint-to-cloud security company, today revealed data that highlighted the growing cyber threat faced by organisations. Data from Lookout showed that mobile users experienced 200% more malicious apps this year compared to 2020 in the same period (H1).

With the pandemic forcing employees away from the office and outside of IT’s reach, the threat of bad actors online has increased. The high profile Kaseya and Pegasus attacks are just the latest in a series of cyber attacks. To look more closely at how this compares with last year, Appurity and Lookout joined forces to look at the data.

The findings include:

  • In 1H2021, mobile users experienced over 200% more malicious mobile apps than 1H2020.
  • In 1H2021, more than 1 in 5 enterprise mobile users encountered at least one phishing attack.
  • In 1H2021, there was a 30% increase in phishing encounters for enterprise users versus 1H2020.
  • Over 50% of consumer users encountered at least one phishing encounter in 1H2021.

“What’s clear is that the pandemic, and the way our working patterns have changed, have opened up new opportunities for cyber threats to prevail. The data, whilst shocking, doesn’t surprise me,” added Steve Whiter, Director, Appurity. “These attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated. They understand that remote/hybrid work is an opportunity for them so that’s a big factor here. We are conducting many mobile assessments where we evaluate customers’ infrastructure, their apps, security posture of devices and whether this meets regulations such as Cyber Essentials Plus or ISO.”


For more information about Appurity, visit www.appurity.co.uk

Copyright Lyonsdown Limited 2021

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