Mobile phishing is a growing threat to enterprises

Phishing on mobile devices is a growing threat to enterprises, as attacks move beyond email to text messages and apps.  Research by mobile security firm Lookout (based on analysis of anonymous data from more than 67 million mobile devices protected by Lookout since 2011) has been tracking the phishing phenomenon:

  • Attacks on mobiles devices have increased 85% every year since 2011.
  • 56% of Lookout users fell for a phishing link on their mobile device between 2011 and 2016 and clicked on a phishing link an average of six times per year.

Scammers attack mobile devices because they are connected outside traditional firewalls, they typically lack endpoint security controls, they access a variety of messaging platforms, they hold a huge amount of personal and corporate data, and it is difficult to see the destination of links on mobile devices.

Mobile devices have eroded the corporate perimeter, limiting the effectiveness of traditional network security solutions like firewalls and secure web gateways. 

Aaron Cockerill, chief strategy officer at Lookout.

 

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