The prevalence of smartphones has seen hackers set their sights on the popular devices. The most significant attack to date occurred in March of this year where a Trojan was added to 58 popular apps and infected up to 250,000 phones. With an increasing number of organisations allowing their employees to access sensitive organisational information through company phones, this has provided added impetus to hackers.
Kareem Tawansi, CEO of software development provider, Solentive Software, provides his advice on what organisations can do to prevent sensitive company information from landing in the wrong hands; “Organisations need to be mindful of the applications they allow their employees to install on company smartphones. This can be governed by either written policy and/or an operating system-based policy such as in the case of the BlackBerry and Android environments. These environments have remote lockdown capabilities that are akin to those on the PC,” commented Kareem.
One example of this lockdown capability occurred in the March incident when a ‘kill switch’ was able to remotely remove the infected apps off users’ phones.
“As the Apple iOS is a closed environment, the chances of being attacked by a virus are minimal. However, the ability for an organisation to control the iOS environment is also restricted,” stated Kareem.
The expected increase in attacks has prompted handset makers and telecommunication organisations to develop anti-virus software designed specifically for smartphones.