While businesses are pouring in funds to ensure their systems fare better against cyber threats, smartphones, rather than desktops, could end up shaping the future of cyber security.
A number of state-of-the-art smartphones are now offering enterprise users unmatched security, privacy, and safety from online threats.
Back in September, Purism, a San Francisco-based technology company, launched Librem 5, a smartphone incorporating end-to-end encrypted phone calls and texts, secure VPNs for browsing and user controls over what apps could access.
Librem 5, like its maker described, runs an open-source Linux distro that fares much better than contemporary mobile platforms when it comes to ensuring digital privacy, security, and software freedom. The phone has its baseband functionality separated from the CPU to ensure that it can run apps without offering them access to device information, browser usage history or location data.
As fat as security-centric smartphone technology is concerned, Librem 5 isn't alone. Genio, a £249 smartphone launched by Macate earlier this year, fares equally well in terms of security and privacy. The phone features Macate's proprietary NetMe messaging app which offers automatic encryption of instant messages, sent and received files, voice recordings, video calls and all file attachments. The phone also features the highest-level AES encryption which is lacking in most security-centred smartphones.
It turns out that this is just the beginning of an era of smartphones centred around cyber security. With more and more businesses strugging to cope with sophisticated cyber threats as well as punitive data protection laws, it is but natural that business leaders and IT professionals would go for newer alternatives that offer enhanced protection for their data.
Corrata, a Dublin-based start-up enterprise, has now announced a new mobile security solution which it says will constantly 'monitor activity in order to find out what apps are actually doing'. Yet to be patented, the technology has been built specifically for mobiles and will block all kinds of malicious content from breaching smartphones owned by banks, utilities and healthcare providers.
'The traditional approach to mobile security was to use technology designed for PCs but adapted for mobile although the threat to mobiles is totally different. Ours is the only solution on the market which monitors activity in order to find out what apps are actually doing,' says Colm Healy, co-founder of Corrata to The Irish Examiner.
According to the firm, the market for cyber security products and solutions for smartphones could touch €2bn in the next 10 years and it aims to tap the growing market and offer advanced security solutions to enterprises. Not only with the firm's technologies combat phishing threats, but will also take on threats arising from message apps and social media apps, considering that employees use their work devices to access social media and to communicate with others regularly.
'Employees who download illegal streaming apps open the devices up to malware and spyware which can be used to provide the cybercriminals with details of business communications,' Healy adds. While Corrata's Mobile Defense Threat Solution was approved by Google in February, it received Apple's approval in October, allowing the firm to curate its software for all devices.