Cybersecurity was all over the headlines again in 2018. There were many large and damaging compromises affecting retailers, airlines and credit rating companies, to name just a few. Many organizations weren't prepared and had sensitive data stolen or suffered downtime of key systems. Are you ready?
But largely absent from the headlines were compromises directly attributed to the vulnerability of a mobile device—such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or connected device. Yet, we found that the number of companies admitting that they'd suffered a compromise in which a mobile device played a role went up—from 27% in the 2018 report to 33% this time around. So, where's the disconnect?
The answer lies in how little is normally made public about major incidents. We learn about the consequences, but not the details of how it happened. Often, attacks will start with phishing, getting an unsuspecting user to click on a malicious link. But that part of the story rarely makes it into print, never mind whether it was actually a tap on a mobile screen rather than the click of a mouse. You could say that none of the biggest breaches have been publicly attributed to mobile vulnerabilities; but a mobile element hasn't been ruled out either.