The cybersecurity experts are very concerned about the increased number of malicious apps that are integrated into the iPhones which makes them think that it affects the security of mobile phones, and important steps and actions should be taken to overcome these obstacles.
The founder of Check Point stated that the system is widely open to possible attacks from cyber-criminals. The situation was not as intense before covid, as it is nowadays, as the surface for the attacks has massively widened, due to the increased number of hostile apps. The reputation of Android for safeguarding its fragmented environment is not good, many people believe that iPhones are considerably safer. However, you can buy an android and quickly lock it down. With an iPhone, however, this is not possible. Apple makes its products more difficult to hack, but also more difficult to secure.
When we say that the world was simpler before covid in this regard, we mean that if the company was under the threat of attack, then the company would just make the system and network harder. However, nowadays, the number of employees for companies, who are having malicious applications is increasing, and the probability of attack from the outside increases.
We have been actively discussing the nation-state cyber concerns from China, Russia, and Iran and despite the Solar Winds, and especially in light of the Microsoft Exchange disaster that occurred, the security issues of organizations throughout the world opening up their systems to increasingly distant workforces are now much more prominent. Due to the remote monitoring, the hackers are taking advantage of it. The cybersecurity strategies should also change, not that all the work is done virtually that increases the vulnerability towards the possible attacks.
The majority of us are already aware that we should use software to secure our PCs and in certain cases our Macs. A well-run company would not let its numerous staff laptops unprotected access to its vital system. However, the story is different when it comes to our phones. The awareness about securing PCs is way higher than in the case of mobile phones, simply because the PC is the highest priority, but the most efficient strategy would be to focus on the security of the user in general, not the device.
The reason why the PC is a higher priority is that the number of activities that are conducted through it is way more than in the case of mobile phones. For example, those who are involved in the financial market, are using their computers on a daily basis, and securing their device is one of the most important priorities. However, the recent advancements in mobile devices have made it possible to conduct financial activities, for example, such as trading via mobile phones. It is possible after downloading the mobile application of the certain software, for example, MT4 which is massively used by the Milton Prime broker, and the official datas show that the number of Android users who have downloaded the app on their devices is more than the owners of the iOS. It makes us think that the Android system has made the process more efficient and convenient for its users.
Mobile security is in trouble nowadays and while access to some of the enterprise systems, the security software is not turned on. There are some platforms that tell the user to download a certain software if the user wants to have access to the portal.
Although just around 1% of cell phones have security software and 46% of businesses have been affected by a malicious app carried into their environment on an employees’ phone. In recent years, the mobile threat vector has grown significantly. Coronavirus appeared to be the catalyst for this danger.
We must recognize that cuber assaults may and do act like pandemics with the exception that they are much, much faster than a biological epidemic. As a result, we require instruments to prevent and halt them and these tools must be extremely quick. One of the best ways to do so is to use autonomous threat prevention which is based on AI that will detect and halt threats.
According to the report, which was published by Check Point, mobile threats are now everywhere, banking systems, mobile remote access, which also creates nation-state threats in terms of giving hands to criminal businesses, and creating espionage possibilities for the intelligence agencies on the targets abroad. All of those became possible by social engineering, which was also supported by the lack of knowledge of security and that we are having no privacy settings on our phones.
There are also flaws in the hardware of Android phones that may be exploited to lead to a complete takeover. Instagram JPEG decor was found to contain an RCE zero-click vulnerability. Remote attackers might use Apple’s sign-in system vulnerabilities to circumvent authentication and gain control of targeted accounts. There are also additional flaws in Whatsapp, Facebook, and other platforms as well.
When it comes to the iPhone, Apple is responsible for keeping the user safe. And the threat is genuine and evidenced by two critical OS upgrades in the previous few weeks as well as some admissions of vulnerabilities being discovered in the wild. Apple censors considerably more what’s on the platform which theoretically or practically makes it a little bit more secure.