PH ranks 3rd with most blocked mobile malware in 2020

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As a fast-becoming mobile first country, the Philippines ranked third in Southeast Asia with the most blocked mobile malware in 2020, a global cybersecurity company reported.

According to Kaspersky’s telemetry, the Philippines ranked third in Southeast Asia (SEA) with the most blocked mobile malware in 2020 with 55,622 attempts and currently logged 22,248 combined attacks in the first and second quarters of 2021.

With the Covid-19 pandemic forcing employees to adopt the work-from-home setup, Kaspersky said while the trend keeps the population safer physically, “it also opens vulnerabilities against enterprises.”

Global cybersecurity company Kaspersky has detected and blocked 382,578 mobile attacks against users in SEA during the first half of 2021.

This is a 14 percent increase compared with the same period last year with 336,680 incidents. The mobile attacks detected and blocked covers the general Kaspersky users from the region.

Even though the Bring Your Own Device has been a trend before the pandemic, its use has increased exponentially since 2020 as companies adapted their information technology infrastructure for business continuity. This, in turn, increased the employee’s role in a company’s network security, Kaspersky said in a statement.

Mobile gadgets

A survey done by Kaspersky last year revealed that a little more than two-thirds of respondents are using a personal device to work from home. Aside from this, employees are also using their work gadgets for personal activities such as watching video and educational content, reading news, and playing video games.

Some 33 percent of the 6,017 employees surveyed worldwide last year admitted to using their office devices to watch adult content, a type of content that is often targeted by cybercriminals.

“Laptops are the main workhorse, but mobile devices have also been used to access office emails and work-related systems even before the pandemic. It is a risky but a known practice that these same handsets are also being utilized for personal tasks and accessing guilty pleasures. With this trend being more rampant in a virtual home office, companies should revisit their policies, access rights and security setup to block cybercriminals from entering their enterprise network through infected smartphones,” Yeo Siang Tiong, general manager for SEA at Kaspersky, said.

Mobile malware refers to malicious software specifically targeted to infect mobile devices including handsets, tablets and other smart gadgets.

It can steal an individual’s personal data but also be a launchpad for a targeted attack against a user’s employer. (JOB)

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