Airtel ties up with Symantec for cyber security solutions

India’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel today announced a partnership with Symantec Corp to provide cyber security solutions to businesses in India.

The strategic alliance comes amid a spike in cyber attacks over the past few months, including incidents like Petya and WannaCry that disrupted systems across the world.

Some of the biggest corporations, including Russia’s largest oil company Rosneft, Ukraine’s international airport, shipping firm AP Moller-Maersk, and advertising giant WPP had come under the cyberattack in June this year.

Companies, big and small, are now prioritising IT security related investments in a bid to fortify their operations in the current threat landscape. The prevention of online threats has become even more critical given the increased digitisation and adoption of digital payments in India.

“We are seeing an unprecedented levels of cyber crime and cyber attacks at the moment,” Symantec CEO Greg Clark said pointing to “audacity and boldness” of cyber criminals to unleash such attacks.

Global Mobile Security (MSecurity) Market To 2019

Mobile devices have become an integral part of everyday life for large organizations and individual customers as well. Powerful computing capabilities and increased connectivity enabled by the smart devices such as smartphones and tablets has enabled productive workforce. As a result of which cyber criminals target potential users with valuable and personal data on mobile devices. Mobile devices have created a great deal of concern for IT personnel who are responsible for information security. Corporate or personal information can be easily transported or lost and the advancement in technology has also increased the number of security breaches. The increase in demand for mobile security is now seeing the emergence of security specialists who offer security solutions for PC as well as mobile.

The key driver for the market is ever growing demand for smart devices such as smartphones, tablets and PCs. With the increase in threats to such devices the demand for mobile security services is expected to spur in the years to come. The high pricing of the security software is expected to limit the growth of the market. In the future mobile security may also find applications in other mobile devices such as smart watches.

Presently, the demand for Mobile Security (mSecurity) is evident in all the regions with North America leading the market. North America is followed by Europe and Asia Pacific. Asia Pacific is expected to see robust growth in the coming years due to the growing IT industry such as Infosys, Accenture, Wipro and Cognizant in the region and consumer electronics manufactures such Samsung and Sony. Some of the key players in Mobile Security (mSecurity) Market are Kaspersky Lab, Symantec, Microsoft, innoPath Software, Googlem, McAfee, Mobile Active Defense, Nokia, MobileIron and Orange among others.

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Rising Consumer-Base Of Mobile Devices Intensifies Issue Of Security Breaches, Driving Global Mobile Security Market

The global market for mobile security is at the center of analysis of a detailed, 304-page research report recently added to the comprehensive collection of MarketResearchReports.biz. The report presents a detailed assessment of the market and covers all crucial market elements and segments.

The report states that mobile networks across the globe generate traffic of more than 86 exabytes every year across a number of communication networks. The substantial volume of traffic along with the rising adoption of open source mobile operating systems such as Android have led to the development of several new security threats.

Rising incidences of mobile malware, cyber-attacks, SMS spam, and unlawful eavesdropping have become a major issue for mobile network operators, consumers, and enterprises. This has, in turn, led to a significant rise in investments across content gateways and integrated security appliances, subsequently leading to the emergence of specialty segments such as mobile Security as a Service (SECaaS).

The report, titled “The Mobile Security (mSecurity) Bible: 2014 – 2020 – Device Security, Infrastructure Security & Security Services,” highlights the development of the market comprising products and technologies developed with the aim of securing mobile networks from impending threats. The report states that the market will expand at an excellent 20% CAGR over the period between 2014 and 2020. Owing to the thriving ecosystem, the mobile device and network security market was expected to gain nearly US$11 bn in investments in the year 2014 alone.

The installation of anti-virus and anti-malware software is increasingly becoming a standard for most tablet computers and smartphones. The demand for advanced security options for smartphones and tablets is also on a rise as consumers increasingly adopt security sensitive modalities for mobile payment for online purchases. To capitalize on this opportunity, mobile device manufacturers are also placing increased attention on the inclusion of advanced biometric technologies such as fingerprint sensing in their products.

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Beware Android users, this malware secretly installs unauthorized apps on your phones

A family of mobile malware called “Godless” has affected over 850,000 Android devices worldwide with almost half of these devices in India alone, a new report said on Thursday.

Based on the data collected from cyber security firm Trend Micro’s “Mobile App Reputation Service”, malicious apps related to “Godless” are found in prominent app stores, including Google Play.

“Godless” hides inside an app and exploits the root of the operating system (OS) on your phone. This creates admin access to a device, allowing unauthorised apps to be installed.

It contains various exploits to ensure it can root a device and it can even install spyware,” the report warned. By having multiple exploits to use, ‘Godless’ can target virtually any Android device running on Android 5.1 (Lollipop) or earlier.

Almost 90 per cent of Android devices globally currently run on affected versions, the company claimed. Once the malware has finished its rooting, it can be tricky to uninstall.

“When downloading apps, users should always review the developer. Unknown developers with very little or no background information may be the source of these malicious apps.Users should also have secure mobile security that can mitigate mobile malware,” said Nilesh Jain, Country Manager, (India and SAARC), Trend Micro.

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Wandera reveals Q2 2015 mobile security and data usage figures

Bad news:
• Five times more app password leaks on Samsung devices than on iPhone
• Malware and spam both twice as likely to be accessed on iPhone as on Samsung devices
• Top 3 individual “Bill Shock” events cost their businesses £33,000, €15,000 and €8,000
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• Use of HTTPS is on the rise – reaching 46% for browser traffic (increase of 7% in 12 months) and 61% for app traffic (increase of 9%)
• Users becoming more prudent with roaming data usage – video accounts for 16% of data usage domestically but this falls to only 5% when employees are roaming; social network usage falls from 12% to 6%
• Top three most visited malware sites identified are all on .ru domain names
London and San Francisco, 21 July 2015: Wandera, the provider of advanced mobile threat prevention and data usage optimization for enterprises, today announced the findings of its latest quarterly Mobile Data Report – an analysis of mobile security, data usage, trends and traffic patterns across 100,000 devices in 500 enterprises globally in Q2 2015 and the world’s first report that purely focuses on cellular data usage patterns.

Among the key findings highlighted in the Mobile Data Report, Wandera detected five times as many password leaks from apps on Samsung devices than on iPhones. However Samsung devices seem less vulnerable to spam and malware attacks than iPhones – twice as many of both were detected on the Apple devices in the period.

On a positive note, Wandera also found that HTTPS traffic – the secure network protocol – is on the rise across mobile networks, now making up 46% of all mobile browser traffic – an increase in the last 12 months of 7%.

“This report allows us to shine a light on areas of the industry that put enterprises at risk. The principle finding of this report was that apps on Samsung devices leak passwords five times more frequently than apps on iPhones. This really highlights the fragmentation of Android app stores,” said Eldar Tuvey, CEO of Wandera. “Enterprises remain unaware of so many of the specific risks of enterprise mobility, from man-in-the-middle attacks to Wi-Fi security and roaming bill shocks. Our aim with this report is to move IT departments’ understanding of these threats from the theoretical to the tangible and quantifiable.”

In the report, Wandera highlighted what it sees as the ‘weakest link in the chain’ – browser threats. Browser threats are commonly ignored by the mobile security community when it comes to mobile devices, yet Wandera believes that it is a vector for the next growth phase on mobile malware. In the report Wandera revealed the most visited malware sites by devices in its network are all on a .ru domain name.

Enterprise employees are also becoming more aware of the “bill shock” dangers of roaming, changing their mobile usage habits outside their “home” countries. As a proportion of all data usage, roaming only comprised 16% this quarter – a reduction of 2% compared to the end of 2014. The proportion of mobile video usage dropped from 16% and the top type of data usage domestically, to only 5% abroad and one of the lowest types; social network usage drops from 12% to 6%. However, unsurprisingly, mapping software is used 75% more when employees are out of the country.

Wandera also reported on the three instances of the highest “bill shock” in the past year as reported by its clients. Two occurred in France – the first was an example of Google Maps running in the background resulting in a bill of €8,000, while the second incurred €15,000 of charges just from photo sharing and accessing iCloud. Another user ran up a bill of £33,000 for video and music streaming while in the UK.

“While overall understanding of the roaming risk is improving, it only takes one error to incur massive charges and prove that bill shock still very much exists.” continues Tuvey, “Data compression and policy enforcement at home and abroad can not only save enterprises a significant amount of budget – it can also save the enterprise IT department from having to trust in staff understanding the risks of roaming. They don’t need to know which services rely on data, or resort to largely ineffective requests to staff to limit their data usage.”

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