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BYOD: Can enterprise mitigate the risks?
This article is part of the IT in Europe issue of September 2012
Consumerisation is probably the most disruptive trend for IT this decade, according to Gartner, and security professionals faced with the related challenges are unlikely to disagree, but can business mitigate the risks of employees using their own consumer devices for work and play? The risks of BYOD are almost universally acknowledged, as is the fact that it is increasing all the time. A global threat report for July indicates substantial cyber criminal activity, spurred on by the rise in popularity of Android-based mobile apps. According to the report by GFI Software, the OpFake family of Trojans has become a major threat, with the Trojan usually masquerading as well-known applications such as Opera Mini and the new mobile version of Mozilla’s Firefox in order to dupe users into downloading and installing it. Once installed, OpFake usually enslaves the handset, using it to dial premium rate phone numbers that generate revenue for the cyber criminals that unleashed it, the report said. “Mobile malware is a relatively new ...
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