Check Point’s Mobile Security Report 2021: Almost Every Organization Experienced a Mobile-related Attack in 2020

By Oleg Mogilevsky, Product Marketing Manager, Threat Prevention

In 2020, 97% of organizations faced mobile threats that used various attack vectors.  46% of organizations had at least one employee download a malicious mobile application.

These staggering statistics have been published in our newly released Mobile Security Report 2021. The report covers the latest threats to enterprise mobile devices, from malicious apps to ransomware attacks, and for the first time, attacks exploiting corporate Mobile Device Management.

We invite you to download the 2021 Mobile Security Report to learn how the latest mobile-related threats can affect your organization’s security posture and how you can defend against them.

The move to mass remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic have made mobile devices a fundamental business tool as remote employees are increasingly using their smartphones to access corporate assets and perform critical work tasks. And this trend is about to increase, in fact IDC projects that by 2024, mobile workers will account for nearly 60% of the total US workforce. To keep business data secure, protecting the mobile workforce has entered mission-critical levels.

The new Check Point Software’s Mobile Security Report 2021 examines the latest emerging threats targeting enterprise mobile devices, and gives a comprehensive overview of the major trends in mobile malware, device vulnerabilities, and in nation-state cyberattacks. In addition, it shows how organizations can protect themselves against today’s and tomorrow’s complex mobile threats.

Highlights of the Check Point’s Mobile Security Report 2021 include:

  • All enterprises at risk from mobile attacks: Almost every organization experienced at least one mobile malware attack in 2020. 93% of these attacks originated in a device network attempting to trick users into installing a malicious payload via infected websites or URLs, or to steal users’ credentials.
  • Nearly half of organizations impacted by malicious mobile apps: 46% of organizations had at least one employee download a malicious mobile application that threatened their organization’s networks and data in 2020.
  • Four in ten mobiles globally are vulnerable: Check Point’s Achilles research showed that at least 40% of the world’s mobile devices are inherently vulnerable to cyberattacks due to flaws in their chipsets, and need urgent patching.
  • Mobile malware on the rise: In 2020, Check Point found a 15% increase in banking Trojan activity, where users’ mobile banking credentials are at risk of being stolen.  Threat actors have been spreading mobile malware, including Mobile Remote Access Trojans (MRATs), banking Trojans, and premium dialers, often hiding the malware in apps that claim to offer COVID-19 related information.
  • APT groups target mobile devices: Individuals’ mobiles are a very attractive target for various APT groups, such as Iran’s Rampant Kitten, which has conducted elaborate and sophisticated targeted attacks to spy on users and steal sensitive data

The 2021 Mobile Security Report is based on actual 2020 data collected from organizations using Check Point Harmony Mobile, Check Point’s Mobile Threat Defense solution, from Check Point Research´s (CPR) investigations, and ThreatCloud, Check Point’s threat intelligence database. The data was further enriched by advanced AI engine technology to give you accuracy you can rely on to build your mobile security.

We invite you to download the 2021 Mobile Security Report to learn how the latest mobile-related threats can affect your organization’s security posture and how you can defend against them.

With almost every organization now having experienced an attack and there are more complex threats on the horizon, enterprises should be aware that solutions such as MDMs and UEMs manage devices but they cannot secure them properly. To protect sensitive business from today’s advanced cyber threats adopting a robust Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) solution has become business imperative.

Harmony Mobile is the industry’s leading MTD solution. It keeps your corporate data safe by securing employees’ mobile devices across all attack vectors: apps, networks, device and OS vulnerabilities. Designed to reduce admins’ overhead and increase user adoption, it perfectly fits into your existing mobile environment, deploys and scales quickly, and protects devices without impacting user experience nor privacy.

We invite you to download the 2021 Mobile Security Report to learn how the latest mobile-related threats can affect your organization’s security posture and how you can defend against them.